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Child Health Research Network

Learn about the Child Health Research Network, a collaboration between The University of Manchester, local NHS partner trusts, councils and the voluntary sector.

The network was founded in 2004. We run regular interdisciplinary workshops and have a strong track record of submitting and winning research grants.


The aims of the Child Health Research Network (CHRN) are:

  • To bring together researchers in the areas of child health and social care to share research interests, expertise and ideas.
  • To encourage collaborative working between different disciplines that can lead to joint research proposals.
  • Increase research capacity by:
    • working with new partners across the University, NHS and local authorities;
    • running a network for postgraduates/early career researchers.
  • Disseminate the work of the network nationally and internationally, extending partnerships with leading researchers abroad.
  • Develop partnerships with the NHS and other service providers to ensure the policy and practical outputs of research and development outputs.

Manchester has significant strengths and opportunities in children’s health and social care research. There is a large population of children in Greater Manchester and the North West which is ethnically diverse and from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

The University has a broad base of expertise relevant to children and young people in health, societal issues, behavioural sciences, management and policy, as well as education, health and the social care professions.