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CPRU and SCIE have joined together to produce a range of materials to support partnership working in child protection. Cross-cutting lead for social care, Amanda Edwards, coordinated the project that focused specifically on liaison between acute paediatric and child protection services.

Further information

The Healthy Child Projects

Family Structures

The health of children in different family structures: a cohort analysis to inform policy

Despite increased prevalence in reconstituted and lone parent families, little is known about how the health of children in different family types varies, and the extent to which any differences might be explained by socioeconomic position and changes in family circumstances.

The aim of this project was to determine how the health of children living in different family structures (e.g. with one or two parents) varies, and whether these differences are due to varying levels of poverty experienced by different groups. We addressed these aims through examining data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a longitudinal study of children born in the UK in 2000-2002.

For further information contact Catherine Law.

Key Publications

Project completed December 2012

Inter-Country Comparisons

Scoping and piloting the potential for inter-country comparisons to inform policy development and evaluation for children's health

Typically, policy impacts cannot be explored using traditional research designs such as randomised controlled trials. Variability in national policy frameworks offers a potential tool for evaluating policy impacts on health using existing data. Cross-country comparisons can also aid policy development, for example policy and practice in one or more countries can be benchmarked against others and can assist in the identification of alternative strategies.

The aim of this project therefore was to scope the potential use of cross-country comparisons for informing policy development and policy evaluation. The objectives were to:

1. Investigate areas of contrast and similarity in national policies of different countries relevant to child health and wellbeing

2. Carry out a review of the methods used in existing cross-country comparisons which have been carried out to inform policy

3. Using knowledge gained in the previous two objectives, develop an exemplar protocol for a cross-country comparison for policy evaluation and/or development.

For further information contact Catherine Law.

Project completed December 2012

Population Measure of Child Development

Response Mode Project: Evaluating the use of a population measure of child development in the Healthy Child Programme two year review

This project was conducted in response to the Government’s intention laid out in the policy statement Supporting Families in the Foundation Years to commit to improving outcomes for young children and families through increased focus on preventive and early intervention services in pregnancy and the early years. This included the development of an outcome measure of child development at 2-2½ years through which the effects of interventions could be monitored.

The project was conducted in two phases. In the first, existing measures of child development were reviewed to identify one that could be used as a population measure in the HCP two-year review. In phase two we assessed the acceptability and understanding of Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3™) and Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE) across a range of NHS sites. Using a mixed methods approach we collected information on HCP two- year reviews and sought the views and experiences of using ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE among health care professionals and parents and carers. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) at the University of Hertfordshire

The findings of this study identified the need for, and informed the content of, an e-learning programme for health professionals using the ASQ-3 as part of the HCP two-year health and development review. The module was developed by the University of Hertfordshire and e-Learning for Healthcare.

For further information contact Helen Bedford.  

Evaluating the use of a population measure of child development in the Healthy Child Programme Two Year Review

Review of Measures of Child Development

Maternal Mental Health and Child Health Outcomes

Maternal mental health and child health outcomes in the Millennium Cohort Study

Aim

To describe and assess how maternal mental health is associated with child physical and mental health and social well-being. The results may be used in the planning and provision of public health services, including, potentially, development work for a maternal mental health outcomes measure in the 2015 NHS Outcomes Framework.

For further information contact Catherine Law.

Clustering of Health Outcomes

Co-occurrence of child health outcomes in the Millennium Cohort Study

UK government public health policy aims to increase healthy life expectancy, and to reduce health inequalities between communities. Health outcomes frameworks for Public Health and the NHS have been designed to monitor and drive progress towards these aims.

Health research and policy both tend to consider health outcomes in isolation from one another. However, children and their families may be burdened with multiple co-occurring health outcomes.

The aims of this study are to describe how health outcomes in children co-occur, to investigate whether co-occurrence is associated with socio-economic circumstances, and to assess what implications this has for the planning and provision of services.

We will address these aims through examining data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a longitudinal study of children born in the UK in 2000-2002.

For further information contact Catherine Law.

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