New Sustainable Child Health Course in partnership with Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health

Monday, 6 March, 2023

You are invited to take part in a new Sustainable Child Health Course in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health.

‘The Climate Crisis is a Child Rights Crisis’ - UNICEF

The course will examine how climate change is affecting children's health and wellbeing as well as how services are run, and it will also look at how services can be contributing to the issue. The process of creating a system of care and education that maximises children's opportunities to thrive, whilst minimising impact on the environment. Using a combination of theory and case studies, we will inspire participants to think about how sustainability principles may be used in their settings and offer assistance with project development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the relationship between the global environmental crisis and child health and wellbeing
  • Describe the role of different players in the ecosystem of care around the child in responding to the threat of climate change and the importance of partnership working
  • Apply the principles of sustainable development to your area of work
  • Develop carbon literacy and identify carbon hotspots
  • Plan a sustainability project in your workplace

Course Format

The course is divided into three parts:

I. Self-study
A 6-hour interactive online package with case studies which opens 3 weeks before your booked course. After working through the materials you are invited to identify a sustainability project you would like to undertake in your setting (optional). You will have access to the self-study materials for 12 weeks after the workshop. 

II. Workshop
A 4-hour small group online workshop facilitated by national experts to answer questions and help you design and implement a sustainability project. 

III. Mentoring
After completing the workshop you will have free access to quarterly sustainable healthcare cafes. These two-hour sessions are a friendly, informal setting in which to build networks and receive/offer advice from experts and peers on sustainability projects.

Who should take this course?  

The course is intended for professionals involved in the care of children across the community, including health workers, educators, local government, social care and community workers. The following comments were made by people who attended the pilot meeting with the North East Child Health and Wellbeing Network last month: 

‘Sharing ideas with colleagues and getting perspectives from different people with different experiences - I would recommend this training for my colleagues working in the public health and social care areas’ - Sustainability officer. 

‘The wide range of information from the general to the more specific which helped me gain an overview of the issues but also to start to form ideas about potential ways forward.’ – Headteacher 

‘(I got) feedback on my project ideas from different perspectives’ – Consultant paediatrician

If you work with children or young people, do join our next course in May by booking here.