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Child Health Indicators of Life and Development (CHILD) Project

The Child Health Indicators of Life and Development (CHILD) Project is a third-wave project in the European Union Community Health Monitoring Programme. It has undertaken a thorough review of the domain of child health, and from this recommended a set of indicators which cover health determinants, health status, and wellbeing of children. The process and rationale, and an overview of the recommended indicators and suggested further research, are explained in the main report.

The technical annexe contains a more detailed template for each proposed indicator. These templates are in a standard format recommended by the Commission’s officers, and include the definition of the indicator, further technical aspects, the justification or rationale for selection, and references citing the key supportive literature.

This section of the site contains some brief information on each indicator included in the CHILD project as well as links to places to go for the data and more information.

Use the links below to access the pages.

A. Demographic and socio-economic determinants of child health
  A1 Children’s socio-economic circumstances
  A2 Children in poverty
  A3 Parental educational attainment
  A4 Children in single parent households
  A5 Asylum seeking children
B. Child health status and wellbeing
  Child mortality
  B1 Child mortality rates
  B2 Selected cause-specific child mortality rates
  Child morbidity
  B3 Incidence of childhood cancer
  B4 Incidence of childhood diabetes
  B5 Prevalence of childhood asthma
  B6 Incidence of specific childhood infectious diseases
  B7 Child dental morbidity
  Injuries to children
  B8 Burns to children necessitating hospital admission
  B9 Poisoning to children necessitating hospital admission
  B10 Fracture of long-bones in children
  Mental health of children
  B11 Attempted suicide by children
C. Determinants of child health, risk and protective factors
  Parental determinants
  C1 Breastfeeding
  C2 Exposure of children to household environmental tobacco smoke
  C3 Parental support of children
  Child lifestyle determinants
  C4 Physical activity by children
  C5 Tobacco smoking by children
  C6 Alcohol abuse by children
  C7 Substance misuse by children
  Other factors
  C8 Childhood obesity and overweight
  C9 Children in care
  C10 Early school leavers
  C11 Pre-primary educational enrolment
  C12 Air pollution exposure of children
D. Child health systems and policy
  Health systems policy
  D1 Marginalised children’s health care
  D2 Parental accompaniment of hospitalised children
  Health system quality
  D3 Immunisation delivery coverage
  D4 Survival rates of acute lymphatic leukaemia in children
  Social policy indicators
  D5 Physical punishment of children
  D6 Anti-bullying policies in schools
  Physical protection policy
  D7 Policies to promote safe mobility and transport for children
  D8 Policies to protect children from exposure to lead
  D9 Policies to protect children from exposure to potentially hazardous noise
  D10 Policies to reduce exposure of children to environmental tobacco smoke

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