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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.

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Latest news: New publication from the ECHILD team – Decreases in planned hospital care for vulnerable young people during the COVID-19 pandemic 

18 May 2022

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New free to read research from the ECHILD researchers explores how vulnerable young people missed out on planned hospital care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During the pandemic, the 21% of students receiving special educational needs support or children’s social care services bore 25% of the decrease in outpatient attendances and 37% of the decrease in planned hospital admissions. These large decreases will mean that some health needs have gone unmet which may have long-lasting impacts on their health and well-being. 

The full paper is available for free at Archives of Disease in Childhood hereOr read more here.


New publication from the ECHILD team - What makes administrative data research-ready? A systematic review and thematic analysis of published literature 

03 May 2022

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Last week a new publication by ECHILD researchers explores what is meant by the term "research-ready".  A systematic review and thematic analysis of published literature found the term “research-ready” was used inconsistently and there was some conflated with data for statistical analysis. Five defining characteristics of research-ready administrative data were identified, a starting point to help data owners and researchers develop common principles and standards.  

You can read more about this work in a recently published, free-to-read article in the International Journal of Population Data Science hereOr read more here.


The ECHILD project is recognised as an example of good practice by the Office for Statistics Regulation

11 March 2022

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The ECHILD project is recognised as an example of good practice by the Office for Statistics Regulation in their report on Visibility, Vulnerability and Voice: The importance of including children and young people in official statistics.  The OSR highlight how it is difficult to see a holistic picture of children and young people’s lives through official statistics.  The ECHILD project is recognised for the improvements it has made to the sharing and linkage of data needed to enable a more rounded picture of children and young people’s lives, whilst protecting their data. 

The OSR report: Visibility, Vulnerability and Voice: The importance of including children and young people in official statistics, is available for free here. Or read more here.