Call for research proposals on what helps children get back on track after abuse

We and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are calling for research proposals that address our shared interest in mental health, and help meet the NSPCC's goal of helping children get back on track after abuse

Woman browsing books in a libraryWe know that child abuse and neglect can affect mental health and wellbeing in childhood and beyond into adulthood (Arseneault et al, 2011; Nanni et al, 2012Sroufe et al, 2005). Children who have been abused need the right kind of support, at the right time. We want to ensure their development is not derailed by poor mental health – an outcome that could stop children reaching their potential to become healthy, happy adults and active members of society.

Our new research programme aims to boost what we know about what works to help children after abuse and neglect. We are looking for proposals that make a significant contribution to the evidence base and the potential for real impact.

We expect to fund research that commences before the end of March 2017 and runs for up to 5 years. The funding for this open research call currently stands at £1.7m and we anticipate funding 3 to 5 proposals.


  1. Arseneault, L. et al (2011) Childhood trauma and children's emerging psychotic symptoms: A genetically sensitive longitudinal cohort study. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 68(1):65-72.

  2. Nanni, V., Uher, R. and Danese, A. (2012) Childhood maltreatment predicts unfavorable course of illness and treatment outcome in depression: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2012; 169(2):141–51.

  3. Sroufe, LA, Egeland, B, Carlson, EA and Collins, WA (2005). The development of the person. New York: Guilford.