Supporting the wellbeing of children and young people has been a focus of Government policy for a number of years. The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has further emphasised the importance of supporting our children and young people’s wellbeing, which is why it remains a central part of the Department for Education’s plans for recovery
Over the past year, the pandemic has continued to impact the lives of children and young people as they have adjusted to living with ongoing uncertainty and changes in restrictions when required. As the pandemic has progressed, the focus has shifted beyond the immediate impacts and towards recovery and the future. Issues ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement, increased reports of sexual violence towards women, ongoing focus on the environment and climate change, and media reporting on the challenging economic situation and future employment prospects are among the most reported concerns for children and young people at this time (Children’s Commissioner, 2021; The Children’s Society, 2021).
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