Impact of COVID-19 response on children and young people review launched
11th February 2021
A review into the impact of the Government's COVID-19 response on the wellbeing of children and young people has been launched by the Children, Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel. The review will examine the Government's key decisions, identifying how wellbeing has been taken into account and the impacts of the pandemic mitigated.
The Panel is particularly interested in gathering the views of children, young people and their families in relation to the following issues:
- Negative and positive experiences, and the main challenges and successes faced during the pandemic
- The impact of working from home
- Whether their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing has been at the heart of Government decision-making, in line with the priority to put children first
- The impact of the pandemic response on existing inequalities (e.g. housing, access to services, income and education)
- How their needs were addressed at different stages of the pandemic response
- Understanding of the ongoing work to protect their wellbeing as the pandemic response progresses
- How the Government has communicated the pandemic response to them.
The Panel will be launching further review information in the coming weeks and is inviting submissions in relation to the above issues until 30 April 2021. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deputy Louise Doublet, Vice-Chair of the Children, Education and Home Affairs Panel and lead Member for the review said: "The pandemic has had far reaching consequences for all members of society. It is vital that the voices of children and young people are listened to in order to help shape the response to any future pandemics. The Panel is incredibly interested to hear from children and their families about their experiences of the pandemic and how the Government's response has impacted them. It is understood that children of different ages have vast differences in needs and, therefore, the Panel will be looking to engage focus groups to discuss the impact on different age groups. The Panel also encourages parents to speak to their children about these issues and share their views with the Panel."
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