Young people's future health inquiry Aiming to build the policy, research and place-based agenda to improve the future health of today’s young people
Latest from the inquiry: the action phase
We have now launched the action phase of the Young people’s future health inquiry, which aims to build the policy, research and place-based agenda so that it recognises the ages of 12–24 as significant for health in the long term.
In 2020 and 2021, we are scoping a new research programme to understand the emotional support that families provide to this age group, and the influences of wider factors on this.
Between 2020 and 2023 the Health Foundation is funding five policy posts across a range of organisations to build the policy agenda and amplify the voices of young people. Each post will explore one of the important topics that emerged in the listening phase of the inquiry.
The policy posts will work within their organisations to develop and test policy ideas, along with working with stakeholders in their sector. The Health Foundation will also be supporting the group to work with each other, sharing their ideas and what they have learnt to strengthen the policy agenda further.
The inquiry so far
The Health Foundation commissioned Kantar Public, an independent social research agency, which partnered with Livity, a youth engagement specialist, to conduct an engagement exercise with young people living in the UK aged 22–26. The aim was to discover the factors that helped or hindered them in their transition to adulthood.
We went to five UK towns and cities and listened to the perspectives of young people and youth organisations about access to the assets needed for a healthy transition into adulthood. Our visits uncovered common themes and a strong sense of place, shaping the young people’s identity and how they described themselves.
Our final report brings together all of the learnings from the Inquiry, exploring the factors that are putting the UK’s 12-24 year-olds at risk of ill-health later in life, and introducing the policy analysis that has taken place. As part of this, we also commissioned nine expert partner organisations to publish their recommendations for young people’s needs to be put at the centre of government policy making, focusing in seven policy areas.
We commissioned with the Association of Young People’s Health and UCL’s Institute of Child Health to carry out research that would inform the Inquiry’s analysis. We published four working papers: