Professor Fiona Brooks, head of adolescent and child health research at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC), was invited to participate in a workshop on child health held at 10 Downing Street.
Entitled ‘Building Character and Raising Wellbeing in Young People’, the workshop brought together national and international experts on child health and wellbeing, and key policy makers from the Department of Health, Education, Public Health England and the Cabinet Office. The workshop set out to explore how to define the resilience in young people, examine the evidence available and identify examples of practical responses both nationally and internationally.
Fiona spoke about her research into resilience and young people that she has been doing on behalf of the Department of Health – drawing on her report into the Health Behaviour in School Children (HBSC).
She drew attention to the need for young people to have access to constructive and supportive relationships with the key adults in their lives – including parents and teachers – as a way of enhancing young people’s health.