Resources

The organisation End Child Poverty has commissioned a series of papers. One briefing paper summarizes the links between child poverty and poor health, with policy implications and what can be done. Two other papers go into further detail on the Health Consequences of Poverty for Children and on Child Poverty and Adult Health.

The Information Services Division (ISD) is a division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland. ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support the NHS in progressing quality improvement in health and care and facilitates robust planning and decision making. Their site includes a section on child health

Scottish Public Health Observatory collaboration brings together key national organisations involved in public health intelligence in Scotland, led by ISD Scotland and NHS Health Scotland. This site contains area profiles for Children and Young People.

National Records of Scotland (formerly the General Register Office for Scotland, GRO(S))  includes data on life expectancy.

The Scottish Health Survey provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households and is designed to make a major contribution to the monitoring of health in Scotland. Ths survey includes some child health information.

Growing up in Scotland survey follows the lives of thousands of children right across Scotland from infancy through to their teens. The site includes topic specific information.

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) is the Scottish Government's on-going programme to improve the availability, consistency and accessibility of small area statistics in Scotland.  The SNS site provides a range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level. Child health indicators available through the site are currently minimal.

The Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) is part of an important and long established series of national surveys on smoking, drinking and drug use.  Information has been collected in Scotland from 1982 on smoking, 1990 on drinking and since 1998 on drug use.  The latest survey was carried out during the autumn term of 2010 with a sample of over 37,000 pupils from S2 and S4 classes from across Scotland.

The aims of the 2010 Glasgow City Schools Health and Wellbeing Survey were to gather current demographic information on the pupil population (S1 - S4), gather trend data on key areas of health, and individual pupil perceptions of their health & wellbeing. The study primarily focused on health behaviours, personal factors and wider social and environmental issues that influence the health, perceptions and wellbeing of young people in Glasgow.

National and International Sources

The Office for National Statistics is responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of a range of economic, social and demographic statistics relating to the United Kingdom – including some health data.

Eurostat provides detailed statistics on the EU and candidate countries.

Unicef produces “State of the World’s Children” reports.

World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe has produced an atlas of health in Europe – this statistical atlas presents key health figures for the WHO European Region.

Gapminder is described as “unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact-based world view” Gapminder World uses impressive software, with graphs being drawn in front of your eyes!