SCIE research briefing 19: what is the impact of environmental housing conditions on the health and well-being of children?

This briefing focuses on how environmental housing conditions can affect the health and well-being of children. The concern is the immediate physical structure or environment rather than other elements of the accommodation, such as the neighbourhood or the appropriateness of the housing for disabled children. Therefore, although it is acknowledged that temporary accommodation and housing tenure also raise issues which can affect the health and well-being of children, the aim of this briefing is to consider only the impact of non-decent or substandard living conditions such as dampness and overcrowding, regardless of the status of the tenants. Research briefing published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in December 2005.