Child and family mental health and well-being

Most nations now recognise the importance of protecting and promoting the welfare of children, and CEBI researchers have made a significant contribution to the development of a range of policies and practices aimed at promoting child and family well-being.

Over the past two decades parenting programmes have become one of the most widely delivered interventions aimed at improving the emotional and behavioural adjustment of children, and research conducted within this group, has provided a significant contribution to this rapidly expanding evidence base. The group uses rigorous and novel methods to investigate questions about what works, for whom, how and in what contexts, and what are the essential ingredients of interventions. CEBI researchers have played a significant role in terms of developing the evidence-base in low- and middle-income countries, working with WHO to develop a low cost intervention, ‘Parenting for Lifelong Health’, in Africa, SE Asia and Eastern Europe, thereby contributing to global understanding, implementation and policymaking related to parenting.

The first 1000 days of a child’s life, is also now recognised to be an important window of opportunity in terms of promoting the long-term well-being of children, and CEBI researchers have been at the forefront of developing evidence about innovative methods of working during this period.

CEBI researchers are also undertaking research on the effectiveness of school-based interventions, focusing specifically on their effectiveness in promoting the mental health of children.


a. Parenting

b. Perinatal interventions

c. Low- and middle-income contexts

d. School-based interventions


Professor Frances Gardner

Convenor: Frances Gardner

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