Children and Families Policy Research Unit


NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit



We develop our research projects with the Department of Health and Social Care. We work collaboratively across our research networks.


Our core projects stem from our six research themes.

Early intervention for mental health of 10–16 year olds: examining the impact of funded area-level interventions across England

Dates: April 2019 – March 2022
Lead: Dr Jess Deighton

Measuring indicators, outcomes and costs to inform family interventions for child maltreatment or adversity, domestic violence

Dates: April 2019 – March 2021
Leads: Professor Gene Feder/Dr Emma Howarth (core outcomes) and Professor Steve Morris (costs)

Variation in mental and physical health of children with learning disability or autism, their mothers and siblings

Dates:  February 2019 – January 2022
Lead: Dr Pia Hardelid


Rapid response

Projects carried out in rapid response to evidence need by our responsive facility.

Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable children 

Dates:  July 2020 - September 2021
Lead: Professor Ruth Gilbert

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on services from pregnancy through age 5 years for families who are high risk or have complex social needs

Dates:  April 2020 - July 2020
Lead: Professor Jane Barlow

How can we use the community services dataset (CSDS) for research into health visiting?

Dates:  March 2020 - August 2020
Lead: Dr Jenny Woodman

Dyslexia and allied reading difficulties and their relationship with mental health problems

Dates:  February 2020 - April 2020
Lead: Professor Jess Deighton

What do young people with multiple long-term conditions and carers of children with complex care needs regard as important areas of research?

Dates:  May 2019 - December 2019
Lead: Dr Erin Walker