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. 

Teens studying at school

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.


How can we tackle racism in data linkage? 

01 June 2021

Image of older children relaxing in park

The ECHILD research team have discovered that those from ethnic minorities were less likely than their peers to have records that were successfully matched.  It is a well-known problem and is concerning because it misrepresents, and could even underestimate, the health needs of ethnic minority groups.  In the ECHILD project, the research team are taking steps to tackle this type of ethnic bias in data linkage. 

Additionally, to highlight that much more needs to be done to tackle the problem of ethnic bias in data linkage - from how we collect data, to how we link it, and how we analyse it – the ECHILD project team have written a letter published in The Lancet Digital Health. 

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ECHILD to study the impact of delayed surgery on children with cleft lip and palate

26 April 2021

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Every year, about 1,200 children in the UK are born with a cleft lip or palate, or both. Early treatment to repair the cleft is crucial and surgery, done at one of only a handful of specialist hospital units, usually starts in the first year of a child’s life.  But the Covid 19 pandemic has delayed many non-emergency medical procedures.


Data from the ECHILD project will help identify how that may affect children with orofacial clefts and what that might mean for their future progress at school. 

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