Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

JIA is the term used to describe types of arthritis that start in childhood (below the age of 16). In addition to our continued work on RA, NRAS has set up a service called JIA-at-NRAS to help those affected by JIA.


Approximately 12,000 children and young people in the UK have JIA which represents 1 child in every 1000 under the age of 16.  

JIA is one of the most common causes of physical disability in childhood yet many people are unaware children can get inflammatory arthritis.   

We have set up a service called JIA-at-NRAS, to raise awareness of JIA, provide information and support to families, campaign at government level to ensure that the needs of families, children and young people affected by JIA are understood and prioritised.