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COVID-19: Research into the Impact on Children and Young People

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Welcome to our COVID-19 Guidance Toolkit for youth theatres and youth theatre practitioners as we all navigate the uncharted and choppy waters of COVID-19 and its effects on our daily lives.

Below you’ll find signposting to helpful research on COVID-19’s impact on children and young people. These findings can be really useful for your future planning and fundraising. If you find anything else interesting on the topic in your travels across the internet, please be sure to let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

COVID-19: research into the impact on children and young people

  • Last year Together Scotland collated many of the different studies and policy briefings into children and young people’s views and experiences during lockdown.  This is a great place to start.
  • The Scottish Government also published a summary of Scottish and UK evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Creative Scotland’s Arts in Education survey in August 2020 reviewed how youth arts was placed to work with education and learning partners in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Scot Gov’s data intelligence report looked into supporting vulnerable children and young people.
  • The Children’s Parliament Survey of 8 – 14 year olds asks children, quite simply, how they’re doing through all this. Their final report is here.
  • Prince’s Trust Research Report found that young people’s anxiety increases as fears for their future employment prospects mount
  • This IFS report into the disparity of children’s experiences during home learning presents initial evidence on how children are spending their time during the lockdown, with a focus on home learning activities and the home learning resources available in different families (in England).
  • The Teen Covid Life Survey invited young people, aged 12-17, across Scotland to take part in an online survey about how lockdown affected them. They’ve shared the first stage of their findings online, including infographics and a summary report.
  • The British Medical Journal has an article on the impact of COVID-19 on children and families.
  • The Mental Health Foundation looked into the impacts of lockdown on the mental health of children and young people.


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