Public Health England

Improving young people’s health and wellbeing
A framework for public health


We still have poorer outcomes for our young people than many other highincome nations:

  • despite significant reductions since 1998, teenage birth and abortion rates in the UK continue to be among the highest in Europe


  • the proportion of children in the UK drinking alcohol remains well above the European average. We continue to rank among the countries with the highest levels of consumption among those who do drink, and British children are more likely to binge drink or get drunk compared to children in most other European countries. The UK has one of the highest alcohol abuse rates in 11-15 year olds despite the recent downward trends


  • unemployment rates for under 25s are not the highest in Europe and have been falling in recent years, but there were still 460,000 unemployed

Six principles to shape our thinking about young people’s health