We report on the most important and highest quality research on child and family wellbeing and promote it through the broadcast and social media.

We want to share the new knowledge that researchers create worldwide with all those who can influence the quality of care for children, in particular, people who make policy and professionals who care for families and children.

The idea of this Blog started in a café at St Pancras Station in London in the spring of 2013. The idea quickly caught on, and within just months it had turned into an international collaboration spanning the UK, USA and Switzerland. Two leading academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic are at the core of the Blog: The Future of Children at Princeton University and the Applied Developmental Psychology Research Group at the University of Cambridge. The funding from the Jacobs Foundation in Zurich – and their hands-on enthusiastic support for every aspect of the project – has been driving the project forward.

The Child and Family Blog is registered and managed by The Family Initiative, a UK registered charity (1170660) with an interest in translating research into good policy and practice.

Bridging the gap between research and raising children

Children and families are best served when policies and practice are based on the best available evidence. We work with the media to bridge the gap between the worlds of research, on the one hand, and policy making and practice, on the other, as well as to give new tools to parents and other family members who care for children.

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The Applied Developmental Psychology Research Group at The University of Cambridge

The Applied Developmental Psychology Research Group is internationally known for its research on the capacities of child witnesses and offenders and on the developmental determinants of psychological adjustment in childhood and adolescence, with particular focus on parent-child relationships in traditional and non-traditional families.



The blog “BOLD – Blog on Learning and Development” is an interdisciplinary initiative powered by the Jacobs Foundation. It is dedicated to spreading the word about how children and young people develop and learn. Researchers at various stages of their careers as well as science journalists, policymakers, and practitioners have their say on this blog

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The Jacobs Foundation

The Jacobs Foundation is one of the world’s leading charitable foundations dedicated to research and innovation for children and youth. The Foundation was established in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs and his family in an effort to benefit future generations by providing young people with better opportunities for development, so that they can become productive and socially responsible members of society. The Foundation’s role is to serve as a source of ideas and a promoter of innovation in the field of child and youth development.

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The Future of Children

The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. It promotes effective policies and programs for children by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research.

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Jon Wallace

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Simon Sommer

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Kris McDonald

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