UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Welcome to the ECHILD project website

ECHILD stands for Education and Child Health Insights from Linked Data. 

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The ECHILD project is a research study run by University College London that joins together existing health, education and social care information for all children in England for the first time.

We are using this linked data to better understand how education affects children’s health, and how health affects children’s education.
To start, we will use the data to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown affected children who need extra support. We will also look at the quality of the linked data to find out its strengths and limitations for research.


Latest News: Research from the ECHILD team is shortlisted for the ONS Research Excellence Awards People’s Choice Award

30 August 2022

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Each year the ONS invite the public to decide which research project has delivered the biggest societal impact.  The ECHILD team is proud to announce that their research exploring child development, school attainment and provision of special educational needs considering gestational age and chronic health conditions has been shortlisted for the 2022 award.

You may review all of this year’s shortlisted research and cast your vote here.  The full research paper is available for free at the International Journal of Epidemiology here, or read more here.

The HOPE Study launches three SEND national surveys

01 July 2022

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The Health Outcomes for young People throughout Education (HOPE) study has launched three national surveys.  These surveys aim to explore the variation in Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) identification and provision across all local authorities in England. The three surveys have been designed with and are for children and young people with SEND, their parents and carers, and wider stakeholders (professionals working in education, the health services, and for local authorities).  

An integral part of the survey development process has been the involvement of HOPE’s three advisory groups.  This has allowed each survey to reflect the lived experiences of those who are responding and has ensured surveys are as accessible as possible. 

To access and complete a survey please follow this link: https://redcap.link/HOPEsurvey.

New data resource from the ECHILD team – Interactive data visualisation to understand ECHILD’s different datasets

28 June 2022

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A new data visualisation has been published by the ECHILD team.

This data visual allows you to understand more about the different types of de-identified records and their linkage within the ECHILD database.  You can look at the years of available data in ECHILD and the proportions of different record types.  

To view the data visualisation, please click here.  Or  read more here.

Historical news

Read a fully history of project news articles here.