CHAMPIONS is a national project looking at the impact of COVID and living through lockdown on children under 5, who are living in temporary accommodation (TA) due to experiencing homelessness. We are working alongside families and professionals to co-develop recommendations.


These are grounded in research evidence in order to support families’ recovery after the pandemic and enable professionals to prepare for future pandemics!




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Professor Monica Lakhanpaul gives the prestigious Aidan Halligan Memorial Lecture

“We need to listen, learn and act. Children are our future and it is our duty to provide them with the best start in life. The pandemic should not be allowed to prevent this. We are at risk of failing children living in temporary accommodation..”

CHAMPIONS Project PI: Prof Monica Lakhanpaul | @ProfLakhanpaul


We have four research objectives that link together. Through them, we will co-develop recommendations to help children and families recover from the pandemic. Find out more about our objectives by hovering below : 



 Find out more about our goals by clicking below : 


1).Scoping Review

2).Needs Analysis

3).Feasibility Study

4).Knowledge Exchange


We are supported by our research partner organisations,whose expertise and support.   networks will help us make the project as successful as possible.Find out more about.     our objectives by clicking below:



BACCH is a professional membership organisation for doctors and other professionals working in paediatrics and child health in the community. It is the largest speciality group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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RCPCH is the membership body for paediatricians in the UK as well as having programmes and members around the world. They work to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise by supporting and educating paediatricians as well as supporting research and child health programmes.

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EKAM Foundation
EKAM Foundation

EKAM is an NGO that works to provide quality healthcare to children and mothers in need in India with the aim of reducing infant, childhood, adolescent and maternal mortality rates. They are linked with a global network of public health experts and have invaluable experience in engaging with individuals who do not often take part in research.

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The Children's Society
The Children's Society

The Children’s Society (TCS) is a national charity working to help young people facing abuse, exploitation and neglect by supporting them through their most serious life challenges and campaigning tirelessly for social changes. It is a key part of the CHAMPIONS project: Dr Sorcha Mahony, Senior Researcher at TCS, is leading a workstream looking at the impacts of COVID-19 on older children.

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Public Arts Health & Us (PAHUS)
Public Arts Health & Us (PAHUS)

PAHUS is an organisation that raises awareness of neglected health and social issues through use of art and film. The team has collaborated with various institutions, including UCL and India Alliance, on projects related to Early Years and Child Health. PAHUS is assisting CHAMPIONS with their expertise on public engagement and sharing research findings in creative ways. Its founder, Dr Kartik Sharma, is serving as our Creative Adviser and assisting with development of this website and other crea

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To make sure that we carry out our research in the most effective way possible and achieve the best results, we are guided by outside advisers in the form of our Community Engagement Partners (CEP) Panel and the Advisory Board.

We have regular meetings with both groups to get their feedback on how the project is going and what could be improved, as well as to test the project’s materials with them.


Community Engagement Partners Panel

The CEP Panel is made up of people who have lived in temporary accommodation while experiencing homelessness and caring for a child under 5. They understand the lived experience of our family participants and make sure our work focuses on the real needs of families and children.


Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a group of health, housing and wellbeing specialists, policymakers, academics and other experts who review and provide feedback on the project’s goals. The Board provides guidance on how to reach professionals and policymakers, to ensure the project’s recommendations are put into practice.


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