The VOICES project by Children North East and Newcastle University has published its first report into the impact of Covid-19 on young people.
The report, Covid disruption and the resource divide: interim evidence from children and young people in the North East, presents evidence from 180 children and young people aged between five and 18, gathered through focus groups and wider consultation to help bring about change for the better.
Understanding young people’s needs has always been a knowledge gap for policymakers, particularly for children living in poverty, and this has been made worse by Covid-19.
Three priorities for action have been identified:
- confidence in using transport
- support from employers about employment and futures
- a focus on social interaction (and play) in catching up and in opportunities.
The researchers, Luke Bramhall, Georgina Burt, Suzanne Butler, Gwen Dalziel, Cathryn Gathercole, Paula Hamilton, Janice Holloway and Andrew Thorp at Children North East, and Professor Liz Todd, Lucy Tiplady and Lydia Wysocki at Newcastle University, are keen to hear from organisations that want to get involved in the study, and their next reports will focus on findings from their regionwide consultation.