The Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort aims to set up a national database containing de-identified data from schools, hospitals and community pharmacies, on health and education histories for all children born in England from 2006 onwards – around 11 million children. This data will be linked to information about their mothers’ health during pregnancy as well as data on local environments in and around children’s homes and schools.
The project involves linking the following datasets:
A number of environmental datasets about small areas across England, on air pollution, energy efficiency of buildings, and proximity to major roads, will be linked to the de-identified health and education data.
The data will be linked subject to approvals from the Confidentiality Advisory Group, the ONS, NHS Digital and the Department for Education.
The newly linked data resource will open opportunities for research that can inform government departments and local councils, as well as the public at large, about how changing local environments impact children’s health and education. It will also enable new insights into how well housing, environmental and planning policies are working to improve children’s lives.
In order to demonstrate how the Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort can be used, the team will carry out a research project to examine:
The Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort will be stored in the Office for National Statistics Secure Research Service (ONS SRS), a national Trusted Research Environment.
The requirements that researchers need to meet before gaining access to the Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort data for their research is being discussed with data providers. All researchers accessing the Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort in the ONS SRS will need to be Accredited Researchers (see:https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/whatwedo/statistics/requestingstatistics/secureresearchservice/becomeanaccreditedresearcher) and undertake further training depending on the consitituent datasets requested. Further, researchers need to obtain ethical approval and sign agreements with UCL before accessing the data.