On 23 January 2018 members of the Transform group from Shuttleworth College were invited to participate in an event at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster to talk to MPs and health professionals a year on from the landmark report on the ‘State of Child Health’ written by the The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
The State of Child Health report brings together data for the first time on a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. The data provides an “across the board” snapshot of child health and wellbeing in the UK.
One year on from the report and in general the picture for infants, children and young people remains unchanged although improvements have been made in some areas.
The Transform Group at Shuttleworth College, launched in 2015, offers peer support and experiential learning on Transgender issues affecting young people today. They promote positive images and stories of Transgender young people across the College. The students involved are passionate about improving experiences for Transgender young people across the board.
For the past two years the students have been working on reports and training workshops to promote a better understanding of Transgender health to help improve awareness of Transgender issues. The team were invited to attend the event after meeting the RCPCH engagement team at the College Freshers’ Fair.
Will Sparrow, Study Programme Enhancement Team Leader, commented: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet with those people who can influence at a higher level. I’m very proud of them; they are a really inspirational group.”
The group have just started an ambitious new project; to provide a box packed full of information and equipment to young people who have recently come out as Transgender. They have been networking across the UK to ensure it meets the needs of the community and has a true impact on the lives of young people.