Covid-19 Response: Impact on Children and Young People

Scrutiny review - Children, Education & Home Affairs Panel

Launch date: 11/02/2021

Review status: Call for evidence

What is the review about?

​The Panel has launched this review in order to identify the following key issues in relation to the impact of the COVID-19 response on children and young people:

  • The impact of the school closures/lockdown/stay at home order/work for home and loss of the learning environment on children, young people, their families and home working environment, from conception to aged 25.
  • The appropriateness or not of the decisions and actions taken by the Government of Jersey that directly related to the wellbeing of children and young people during the initial stages and subsequent stages of the pandemic (be that social, emotional or physical)
  • The ethos, culture and processes in relation to children and families within key decision-making bodies such as CoM, CA, EC and States departments, and whether children are being considered at the earliest stages and prioritised in line with the States-wide commitment to 'putting children first'
  • The views of children, young people and their families on the decisions and actions that were taken to maintain their wellbeing during the initial and subsequent stages of the pandemic.
  • To examine existing inequalities and identify the additional impact of the pandemic on these issues.
  • How the various needs of children and young people were addressed at different stages of the pandemic.
  • To examine the Scientific Technical Advisory Cell (STAC) advice at all key decision milestones against the decisions taken by the Government of Jersey in respect of the impact on and wellbeing of children and young people.

The ongoing workstreams that are in train to maintain the wellbeing of children and young people as the pandemic situation progresses and learn from the experiences (both positive and negative) of children and young people

Review progress

​The Panel has launched its review on Thursday 11th February 2021. Members of the public are invited to submit their views on the key issues above by Friday 4th June 2021 by emailing scrutiny@gov.je - if you wish to discuss how to submit evidence please contact the Committee and Panel Officer, Andy Harris at a.harris5@gov.je who will be able to assist you.

Important Information about the Review

The Panel takes data protection very seriously, especially given the sensitive nature of some of the issues that may be raised in relation to the review topic.

Any submission received by the Panel which includes personal information or testimony will be stored in a digitally secure location on the States Greffe IT system. Only Panel members and States Greffe staff will have access to the information. No personal information will be put into the public domain.

The Committee and Panel Officer will discuss with each person submitting personal information or testimony how it may be used by the Panel to support its review. This may include whether it is possible to publish a redacted and anonymised version. The wishes of the person submitting the information will be respected.

Should the Panel wish to take oral evidence from witnesses, hearings will be conducted in private and only an anonymised transcript will be produced. The individuals involved will have the opportunity to review the transcript before it is published. If the individuals involved decide that they don't want the transcript to be published, their wishes will be respected.

At the end of the review any personal data collected during the review will be deleted.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact the Committee and Panel Officer, Andy Harris (a.harris5@gov.je . 441076).

Terms of reference

  • To identify and assess the Government of Jersey's response to the Covid-19 pandemic in respect of actions and decisions taken affecting children and young people from conception to aged 25. 
  • To assess the decisions taken affecting children and young people arising from STAC advice and their appropriateness and proportionality and also the ethos, culture and processes in relation to children and families within key decision-making bodies such as Council of Ministers, Competent Authorities, Emergencies Council and Government Departments.
  • To gather and examine the views of children, young people and their families in relation to the actions and decisions taken to date affecting them in respect of the Covid-19 pandemic response.
  • To identify and assess the ongoing workstreams to assist children and young people in the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and how the Government of Jersey is learning from the experience (both positive and negative) of children and young people. 


Call for evidence


Submissions

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