The Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) is an initiative led by the World Health Organization Regional Office (WHO) for Europe. It was launched in June 2004 and signed by all 53 member states of the WHO European Region, including the United Kingdom.
The aim of the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) is to protect the health of children and young people from environmental hazards. The Health Protection Agency was commissioned by the Department of Health, on behalf of the Interdepartmental Steering Group on Environment and Health, to evaluate children’s environmental health in the United Kingdom (UK) and develop recommendations as to how the UK can best meet its commitments under CEHAPE and further protect children’s health.
A Children’s Environment and Health Strategy for the UK was published on 24 March 2009. The Strategy provides a brief overview of children's health in relation to their environment in the UK and recommends areas that should be taken forward in order to protect and promote children's health and to meet the UK's commitment to CEHAPE.
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The development of the Strategy was informed by a public consultation and a workshop in Spring 2008. The consultation documents are available in the HPA's consultation documents archive. Reports summarising the responses received as part of the consultation process, including a summary of the views of children and young people, and the workshop, are available below:
Development of Children’s Environmental Health Indicators
The Health Protection Agency has been involved in the development of a core set of children's environment and health indicators. The aim of the indicators toolkit is to provide a means to assist with the assessment of the burden and distribution of childhood disease and environmental influences on child health within a region, and to provide surveillance data to highlight priority areas for improvement and inform the development and monitoring of the impact of interventions. Some regions have proactively begun using it to undertake baseline assessments in their regions. The information provided in the report should be regarded as a basis on which the impact of the environment on children’s health can be assessed and can be widened or narrowed as necessary to reflect the specific needs of the region undertaking the assessment.
Children's Exposure to Lead in the UK - Is there still a problem? Workshop, London, 17 July 2008
The HPA hosted a workshop to bring together policy makers and experts to assess the public health significance of lead exposure in relation to child health in the UK, discuss whether exisitng public health measures protect children from exposure to lead and establish future priorites. The workshop highlighted on-going work in relation to lead in a number of areas, including work in the US, clinical poisonings, lead in drinking water and soil and highlighted on-going and planned research.
The HPA is currently undertaking a surveillance project to report the incidence of children with elevated blood lead concentrations in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Further information can be found at the Surveillance of Lead in Children website.
Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe – WHO Regional Office for Europe International Workshop, Oxford, 5-6 March 2007
An international workshop was hosted to bring together experts to further develop tables of child-specific interventions in support of CEHAPE. The meeting discussed: the methods to be applied in agreeing interventions; the list of interventions to be scrutinised to determine their effectiveness to improve children’s environmental health; and the corresponding literature that needs to be reviewed. The workshop agreed a methodology to use to evaluate the effectiveness of the actions and reviewed and updated a list of child-specific actions relevant to reducing risks of disease arising from exposures to chemicals, ionising and non-ionising radiation and noise during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.
Supporting documentsA Children's Environment and Health Strategy for the UK - Youth Participation Report (PDF, 496 KB)
The Children's Environment and Health Strategy for the United Kingdom (PDF, 657 KB) Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report, Issue 15, Sept 2009
Putting Children and Young People First (PDF, 151 KB) Health Protection Matters, Issue13, Spring 2009
Developing a Children's Environment and Health Strategy for the United Kingdom - a progress update (PDF, 49 KB) Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report, Issue 12, May 2008
Developing a Children's Environment and Health Strategy for the United Kingdom (PDF, 54 KB) Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report, Issue 10, Sept 2007
PostersRegional Priority Goal II: Accidents, Injuries, Obestiy and Physical Activity (PDF, 11.9 MB)
Other relevant documents
WHO (2004). Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe. Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health. Budapest, Hungary, 23-25 June 2004. (external PDF)
WHO (2005). Children’s Health and the Environment. A Global Perspective. Geneva, Switzerland, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. (external PDF)