Mother holding newborn baby in hospital

Children and Childhood

The University of Liverpool’s unique child-centred approach to research with children and young people and their local communities makes it a world-leading, child-focused city recognised for championing local solutions with a global impact.

Our ‘Children’s Health and Wellbeing’ strategic collaboration between all three Faculties of the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospital in Europe, was officially launched in June 2018 to help foster and develop further child-centred health research collaborations and initiatives. Building on many years of our ‘Better, Safer Healthcare for Children and Babies Strategic Initiative’ across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, that has managed to help develop safer, treatments and interventions for young people, digital expertise from across the Faculty of Science and Engineering and international leadership in children’s rights and participatory research from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences all now gather together to tackle the health and societal challenges facing our next generations.

All three of Liverpool’s faculties undertake cutting-edge research into digital healthcare technologies that can improve the care of children and young people, conduct clinical trials and work on social policy and human rights that champion children’s health, and work that crosses the entire translational and applied research horizon to develop safer, more effective, targeted therapies and interventions for children and babies (and their mothers) to better address their current and future health needs.

By creating a culture of support and collaboration among academics and clinicians alike, supported by Liverpool Health Partners ‘Starting Well’ research programme and our long-standing partnership with the NHS and research programmes at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Alder Hey and beyond, the University of Liverpool is adopting a truly ‘life-course’ approach and enhancing the wellbeing of children at all stages of their lives.