For most children and young people, the school holidays are a time to have fun with friends and family, and do everything they might not be able to do during term time. As one of the world’s richest economies, you might expect plenty of opportunities for UK children to enjoy the halcyon days of summer. But our new research shows that’s not necessarily the case, and this is having a serious impact on their mental health and well-being.
Following prolonged periods of austerity, many families are struggling to make ends meet. The UK’s income gap between rich and poor is very wide compared to other developed countries. And this is driving inequalities in child and adolescent health, with effects that can last into adulthood.