Review decision: 

No update required - published guidance still current

Next review: To be scheduled

This guidance is for all those who are involved in promoting physical activity among children and young people, including parents and carers.

The NICE recommendations give advice on:

  • how to promote the benefits of physical activity and encourage participation
  • high level strategic planning
  • the importance of consultation with children and young people and how to set about it
  • planning and providing spaces, facilities and opportunities
  • training people to run programmes and activities
  • how to promote physically active travel such as cycling and walking.

The guidance is specifically aimed at the following organisations:

  • Children's trusts and services
  • Community and voluntary groups (running sports and other organised activities)
  • Early years providers
  • Government departments
  • Local authorities (leisure and related services, transport and planning, regeneration)
  • Local strategic partnerships
  • Organisations offering practitioners education and training
  • The police
  • Primary care trusts
  • Private sector providers
  • Schools and colleges.

This guideline was previously called promoting physical activity for children and young people.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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