Health: Children

Health written question – answered on 18th January 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2013, Official Report, column 396W, on health: children,

(1) if he will publish a list of all the funding research projects in children's well-being that his Department is or will be funding;

(2) if he will publish statistics on life satisfaction among children by (a) region and (b) local authority in descending order for each category.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department currently contributes funding to a number of research projects addressing aspects of children's well-being.

Since May 2010, the Department has committed £49.3 million through the National Institute for Health Research to provide the support and facilities that the NHS needs for first class research and to fund research to advance clinical, public health, and genetic approaches into clinical practice for children and younger people.

From 1 April 2011, the Department invested £9.6 million through the Policy Research programme in two policy research units aimed at delivering the best evidence in maternal health and care and the health of children, young people and their families.

The Department is funding a wide range of research projects, which focus on or consider children's well-being as part of their work, listed as follows:

Health Behaviours of School-Aged Children

Understanding Society

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Department of Health Policy Research Programme:

Behavioural and Emotional Dimensions in Children

Evaluating the Family Nurse Partnership Programme in England: a Randomised Controlled Trial

BEDiC: Behavioural and Emotional Dimensions in Children (Formerly: Early Personality Traits and Later Personality Disorder)

Prospective evaluation of follow-up and outcomes following adolescent sexual assault

Bridging the knowledge and practice gap between domestic violence and child safeguarding: developing policy and training for general practice.

Policy Research Unit in Health of Children Young People and Families

The health of children in different family structures: a cohort analysis to inform policy

Scoping and piloting the potential for inter-country comparisons to inform policy development and evaluation for children's health

What has been the impact of NICE guidelines on recognition of child maltreatment seen in hospital?

Acute paediatric and local authority child protection services: effective liaison in cases of suspected child maltreatment

Qualitative work to explore how practitioners and patients within CAMHS and within diabetes care use PROMS

A feasibility study of use of feedback to practitioners of routinely collected outcome data to inform and improve practice

Conduct disorder, parenting practices and long term susceptibility to intervention

High risk youth who engage in multiple health risk behaviour: identifying opportunities for prevention

Evaluating the use of a population measure of child development in the Healthy Child Programme two year review

A literature review on DNA's in children's health care

A study to explore the relationship between area level health spending and child health outcomes.

Policy Research Unit in Maternal Health and Care

The role of fathers in the development of the healthy child

Cost benefit thresholds for interventions, for obesity in pregnancy and postnatally, and the impact on child health

Improving the evidence base to support breastfeeding

What makes children resilient? A life course perspective on the processes that lead to favourable outcomes in health, education and social functioning.

Health Promotion and Public Health Reviews Facility

Children's views about obesity, body size, shape and weight

Including diverse groups of children and young people in health promotion and public health research: a review of methodology and practice

Health promotion, inequalities and young people's health: a systematic review of research

Inequalities and the mental health of young people: a systematic review of secondary school-based cognitive behavioural interventions

Social and environmental interventions to reduce childhood obesity: a systematic map of reviews

Large-scale and locally based schemes to promote healthy weight among obese and overweight children in England

Becoming a Dad: the impact of fathers' involvement on the mental health of children, mothers and fathers: a systematic rapid evidence assessment of Millennium Cohort Study analyses

Are incentive schemes effective in changing young people's behaviour? A systematic review

Childhood obesity and educational attainment—A systematic review

Systematic Review of research addressing children's, young people's and parents' views of walking and cycling for transport

Young people and mental health: a systematic review of research on barriers and facilitators.

Public Health Research Consortium

In what circumstances can parental employment improve child health?

Pilot RCT of family based interventions to prevent childhood obesity.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research

The development of an integrated early detection and intervention model for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

Evidence based intervention for pre-school children with primary speech and language impairment

Do Specialist Cancer Services, for Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) Add Value?

Research for Patient Benefit

Telephone consultation as a substitute for routine out-patient face-to-face consultation for children with inflammatory bowel disease: randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation.

However, the Department is not able to publish a list of projects that it will be funding in the future, as these projects have not been confirmed.

The Department of Health does not have statistics on life satisfaction among children at the regional or local level.

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