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
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.