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 have been using the data to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown affected children who need extra support. We have also been looking at the quality of the linked data to find out its strengths and limitations for research.

In 2023, the ECHILD Database is being made available to external researchers based in the UK via the ONS Secure Research Service. 


Latest News: ECHILD team awarded HDRUK funding to improve transparency in health data access

09 November 2023

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HDRUK has awarded funding to the ECHILD team to enhance the clarity of the procedures for obtaining health data for research purposes.

The UK Health Data Research Alliance want to make health data available for research to improve and save lives. They advocate transparency about how data is accessed and used. They have created the Alliance Transparency Standards to guide data custodians on how to communicate clearly and openly about their data access processes, website navigation, language use and research impact. 

With these funds, the ECHILD team aims to conduct public consultations, enhance the clarity of the ECHILD data access procedures, improve ECHILD websites and materials, and will organise user group events.
You can read the Transparency Standards here:

New Training Course: Introduction to the ECHILD database, 25th - 26th March 2024

02 November 2023

echild training course registration
A new ECHILD course is now open for registration.  The 2-day course will be run in March 2024 and is designed to give participants a practical introduction to ECHILD’s linked administrative datasets covering health, education and children’s social care.

The course is aimed at both analysts intending to use ECHILD and researchers who want to understand more about how the data can be used for policy relevant research. This course includes a mixture of lectures and practical sessions that will enable participants to put theory into practice learning how to analyse and interpret ECHILD data using R or Stata.

The course is organised by NCRM and run by the UCL Child Health Informatics Group and Administrative Data Research UK and will take place on 25th – 26th March 2024 at University College London. To register for the course or to find out more, please click here: https://go.soton.ac.uk/fo0.

ADRUK Funding Opportunity to support research using the ECHILD Database

25 September 2023

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Apply by 4pm, October 10, 2023

The deadline for applying to the ADRUK fellowships is fast approaching. The fellowships, funded by the Administrative Data Research UK (ADRUK) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), aim to support early career researchers in using administrative data to address priority research questions, generate insights and demonstrate the value of ADR England data. These Research Fellowships will be funded for up to 18 months in duration. The application window closes on October 10, 2023. Interested candidates can find more information by visiting the ADRUK website.

Historical news

Read a fully history of project news articles here.