Children’s development and mental health are affected by various factors, including the environments they are raised in, the relationships they build and the experiences they have.
Child development refers to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth that occurs throughout a child and young person’s life. Children’s mental health – their cognitive, behavioural and social wellbeing – is affected by this development, as well as a range of factors, including trauma and abuse.
All aspects of children’s health and development work together to form their overall wellbeing. You can use these resources to find out about child health and development, spot and respond to signs of mental health issues and foster strong mental health and development in children.