Child welfare and development

Our work explores the factors that affect children’s welfare and development, in both a cognitive and social context.

We fund projects that link education and child development, but we are also interested in wider family policy issues, such as family structures and approaches to parenting.

We are particularly keen to ensure there is better information about the contribution that fathers and other co-parents make to parenting, given that they are missing from or under-represented in, most of the relevant surveys. 

For example we have recently funded an assessment of the impact of partnership dissolution on family finances, and a study of public attitudes to child maintenance payments. We also funded the IFS work on the relationship between marriage and children's outcomes

If you are interested in applying for funding in this area, please read our application guidelines.

Funding enquiries

For more information about the criteria for funding from our Children and Families Programme, see apply for funding

See also

Child welfare and development

Foundations for learning

We fund research to support young children in the early years of their education