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Findings & Insights

As our work continues, we will be publishing working papers, articles, project updates and reports, all of which we will host here. When the CHAMPIONS project finishes, the final report containing our findings and recommendations will be linked here. We hope that you find our work insightful, and please contact us if you would like to know more.

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Scoping Review soon to be launched by CHAMPIONS research team

The CHAMPIONS scoping review will summarise 10 years of literature from around the world on improving access to, coverage, and use of healthcare for children in marginalised and excluded populations.

Coming soon!


Previous Updates

CHAMPIONS Project Global Insights Report launched on 17th April 2023 by CHAMPIONS research team

We launched our global insights report, outlining our findings from fieldwork and interviews with global experts mapping public health interventions that focus on accessing marginalised children from vulnerable communities, in April 2023.

Find out more here.

Policy Brief launched on 24th January 2023 by CHAMPIONS research team

We launched a brief for policy-makers, highlighting the main findings and policy recommendations from our work with vulnerable families affected by homelessness, and the professionals that engage with them, in collaboration with The Childhood Trust and UCL Public Policy, in January 2023.

Find out more here. 

We produced a video that highlights the main findings from the upcoming scoping review.

Watch it below:







Our abstract for the CHAMPIONS scoping review was recently published in The Lancet; see below for the full text. It summarises the systematic review that we conducted of interventions in low- and middle-income countries for ways to improve healthcare access and utilisation for marginalised children under 5 and how these interventions could be applied to the UK.

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Mitigating the severity of child homelessness in the UK: a global mixed-methods systematic review, The Lancet, November 2021


Dr Kaushik Sarkar, on behalf of the CHAMPIONS project, also presented this abstract at the UK Public Health Science Conference 2021.

Watch his lighting presentation on 'Mitigating the Severity of Child Homelessness in the UK': 













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Scoping Review Summary
We summarise the main ways to improve healthcare access and use that we found in the Scoping Review. 

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Cash Transfers
Cash transfers are examples where the government or other organisations give families money to help with needs.

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Community-Based Primary Healthcare

Health workers that are based in communities can make treatment quicker and with better results.

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Mobile Health Technology
Using apps and mobiles phones can help remind people of appointments and find services.

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Performance-Based Financing

Some countries have tried to fund health services based on the quality and quantity of their services to improve results.

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Mobile Outreach Services
In some countries health workers travel to remote communities.


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Community-Based Health Insurance
Some communities combine their money to pay for expensive costs.

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User-Fee Removal
Making it free or cheaper to get healthcare can make more people use services.

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CHAMPIONS Project update, July 2021

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul gave evidence from CHAMPIONS to the UK Parliament All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ending Homeless in June 2021

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, who leads the CHAMPIONS Project, gave evidence about the impact of temporary accommodation on children under 5. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ending Homeless met on Tuesday 8 June 2021to discuss the health and wellbeing impacts of temporary accommodation on children under five. In her presentation entitled 'Invisible Children - The Child Homelessness Pandemic: a time for action', Professor Lakhanpaul talked about her experience as a paediatrician, the CHAMPIONS research evidence of the damage caused to children through living in insecure housing, and what she thinks we should be doing about it.

Listen to the full presentation at

the APPG meeting on YouTube:











CHAMPIONS project 'Households with children in temporary accommodation in England by local authority' summary video

Watch our video summarising our key findings on households with children in temporary accommodation in England mapped by local authority below now:




International Outputs:

Our CHAMPIONS research partner and international advisor Dr Yvonne Parry, Associate Professor in Nursing at Flinders University, Australia, has published on the issues of children experiencing homelessness.

She was a recently a finalist in the South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards for her work and research on homeless children and families.

Click on the links and watch the video below to learn more about her work

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