We are pleased to make a call for submissions for this issue of the Children’s Research Digest on the theme of “Improving Child Health Through Research”. There is extensive evidence to suggest that optimal health is protective for developmental, socio-emotional, physical and cognitive milestones throughout childhood and young adulthood. Social, economic, environmental and individual characteristics and behaviours each contribute to health outcomes which can have profound and lasting effects throughout life.

This volume focuses on children’s mental and physical health and will cover the life span from birth to young adults, with a particular focus on children’s outcomes in health care settings. We welcome articles with a focus on research in this area. We also invite submissions relating to the health aspects of children living with a disability, genetic disorders or chronic illness. Critiques of policy or practice in this area may also be included.

Submissions may address, but are not confined to, the following areas:

  • Transitions from paediatric to adult health services
  • Influential factors to child health (e.g. social, economic, environmental, individual characteristics/ behaviours).
  • Monitoring child health throughout development.
  • Physical, mental and social well-being aspects of health.
  • Initiatives in the area of children with chronic illness, genetic disorders or disabilities
  • Experiencing disabilities: from the perspective of children and young people.
  • Experiencing ill health: from the perspective of children and young people.
  • Disability to ability: how research plays an important role in shaping supports and services.
  • Coping strategies relating to health that children/parents/ children with disabilities etc. employ.
  • The management of children’s health (including parenting practices, education, health services).
  • Holistic approaches to children’s ill health and/or disabilities.
  • Research methods for the improvement of children’s health.

To submit your article or summary, email an electronic copy to digest@childrensresearchnetwork.org together with a completed submission form. Please note that in order to have your submission accepted you have to be a member of the Children's Research Network. You can register to become a member at the bottom of the page.