The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), is planning to issue a call for proposals that will contribute to their joint interests in mental health and the NSPCC’s new research programme: Helping Children Get Back on Track.
The funders are interested in any ethical and appropriate research studies that will result in a better understanding of one or more of the following outcomes:
- How to identify the children:
- Whose mental health is vulnerable because of abuse, including those with ‘latent vulnerability’ (ie who are susceptible to poor outcomes including mental ill health but are not overtly symptomatic).
- Who need help in order to get their development back on track after experience of abuse, including preventing the onset of mental health problems either in childhood or later.
- When support should be offered to children in order that poor outcomes, including poor mental health, can be prevented.
- The sort of help that is effective in preventing poor outcomes for children with experience of abuse, including poor mental health.
- How to identify the factors that make some children more resilient and adaptive and others more vulnerable to the mental health consequences of maltreatment.
The programme is due to open to applications at the end of July and the £1.4 million call is expected to fund three to five projects for up to five years (commencing end of March 2017). Multidisciplinary approaches will be particularly encouraged.
Further details to follow