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Child Policy Research Unit

The Child Policy Research Unit (CPRU) is a consortium based at the UCL Institute of Child Health in partnership with the National Children's Bureau (NCB), the Anna Freud Centre and the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE), and funded by the Department of Health's Policy Research Programme.

It considers health in its broadest sense, recognising the many agencies and services involved, and that children's health is shaped by their families, communities, local resources, and the wider economic and cultural climate.

The CPRU aims to provide evidence for policy and practice for the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. Research focuses on what works, how it works, for whom and in what circumstances, and how families can best be supported in promoting children’s health and wellbeing. It has a particular interest in groups which are currently less well and on reducing health inequalities.

Current projects are exploring health inequalities and the effectiveness of policy interventions for improving child health, the impact of public spending on child health outcomes, and the use and treatment outcomes from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services