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COVID-19 Health Impact on Long-term Child Development in Scotland (CHILDS) study.

Summary: Research in a Nutshell 

A broad body of evidence suggests that infection during pregnancy, maternal mental health, support during pregnancy and birth all have important roles in how children develop. This study will examine the effects of COVID-19 and the related Public Health and Social Measures (including changes to healthcare provision) on pregnant women and their children across the whole of Scotland. We will use routinely collected data from healthcare, education and social care records. There are three main focus areas for this study: 

  1.  Understanding how COV infection during pregnancy affects child health and development up to the age of 5. 

  1. Understanding the impact of Public Health and Social Measures (PSHM) taken during the pandemic on early child development. 

  1. Examining the role of social inequality on mother and child development outcomes in light of the pandemic. 

The study will provide a unique reference point for healthcare providers and policy-makers in Scotland and globally about the needs of those born in the pandemic, allowing improved targeting of resources and a better understanding of how policy can improve outcomes at these crucial early stages of life. 

Key People 

Key Contact 

Dr Bonnie Auyeung - Bonnie.Auyeung@ed.ac.uk  


This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 


Public Health Scotland 

Research Advisory Group 


Start date: 1 September 2022 

End date: 30 September 2027