Children and Families Policy Research Unit


NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit



Our remit is to generate evidence to support the development of Government policies to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. We have three research themes, supported by three cross-cutting resources. Consideration of social care, health inequalities and mental health is central to our overall structure.
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Early interventions for children and families

Primary prevention to reduce health inequalities, improve health and wellbeing, and prevent adverse outcomes across the child and family life course.

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Responding to vulnerable children and families

Secondary prevention through healthcare responses to children and parents at increased risk of child maltreatment, domestic violence and abuse.

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Long-term conditions and disability

Tertiary prevention to reduce adverse outcomes for children and families affected by multi-morbidity and child disability.

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Health Economics Analysis and Data resource (HEAD)

Evaluating economic impacts and value for money; data access and expertise.

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Children, young people, parent and public involvement (CYPPPI)

Involving a diverse range of children, young people, parents and the public.

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The responsive facility

Providing timely and relevant research in rapid response to evidence needs.