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 three research themes and three cross-cutting themes

Inequalities in health trajectories to adulthood of vulnerable adolescents

Dates: July 2022 - December 2023
Lead: Professor Ruth Gilbert

Access to primary care

Dates: January 2022 - December 2023
Lead: Professor Steve Morris

Domestic abuse and mental health of parents and children

Dates: October 2021 - September 2023
Lead: Professor Gene Feder

How can we use the data on child development age two  in the Community Services dataset?

Dates: January 2022 - December 2023
Leads: Professor Jane Barlow and Dr Jenny Woodman

Chronic health conditions, school absence and attainment

Dates: September 2021 - August 2023
Leads: Professor Ruth Gilbert and Dr Ruth Blackburn

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

Development of core outcome sets for family and child-focused interventions for child maltreatment and domestic violence 

Dates: April 2019 – September 2021
Leads: Professor Gene Feder and Dr Emma Howarth 

Measuring costs and cost effectiveness to inform family interventions for child maltreatment or adversity, or domestic violence or abuse

Dates: April 2019 – September 2021
Lead: Professor Steve Morris

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.

Measuring child development at the 2-2½ year health review in England: available tools, stakeholder priorities and feasibility of implementation 

Dates: October 2022 - September 2023
Lead: Dr Jenny Woodman

Promoting safer sleeping for babies in high risk groups in England

Dates: January - December 2022
Lead: Professor Jane Barlow

A review of the effectiveness of community-based and out of education interventions in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of 11–25 year-olds

Dates: June 2022 - November 2022
Lead: Professor Jessica Deighton

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