Our Support

The Children’s specialty is one of over 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that children's studies receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.

We put children at the heart of our work and ensure their involvement at every stage of the design and delivery of our research.

Since its launch in 2006,  the Young Persons’ Advisory Group, has become increasingly influential in helping to improve the design and delivery of children’s clinical research studies.

We support and deliver clinical research involving children that includes:

  • Clinical trials
  • Randomised controlled trials and other high quality research of new and established medicines for children
  • Screening, diagnosis and the development of prognostic tools including imaging
  • Interventions such as behavioural interventions and medical devices
  • Studies on normal development and the pathogenesis, monitoring and prevention of disease
  • Cohort studies and the effect of lifestyle factors such as diet, nutrition and exercise

We’ve developed Clinical Studies Groups to cover the different specialty areas within child health. Find out more about CSGs.

We also bring the children’s research community together across two key areas:

  • Experimental research
  • Neonatal research

Each of our 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has at least one nominated local Clinical Specialty Research Lead for Children. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support Children research within the NHS Trusts in their area.

At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national Children clinical research portfolio. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers. Our National Specialty Group of clinical experts offer advice and support to commercial and non-commercial customers looking to conduct research in the NHS.

Meet our National Specialty Group Members


CRN Children’s Specialty Leaflet

The Children’s Specialty Leaflet gives an overview of the services we offer.

CRN Children’s Specialty Profile

Read our Children’s Specialty Profile to find out how we can support your commercial study.

How to access support

Find out how to apply for Clinical Research Network support and how your study can benefit from our Study Support Service.