14. Children's rights and participation
Young people's views on their role in the COVID-19 pandemic and society's recovery from it(Larcher V, Dittborn M, Linthicum J, et al)
Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Date: 31 August 2020
This short study sought to explore how young people see their role in the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings are drawn from a focus group with 15 Children's Hospital Young People's Forum members in May. The main themes and conclusions are summarised below:
- Awareness of pandemic's impact on others: participants showed mature awareness of the effects on broader society, especially the elderly, socially disadvantaged and parents.
- Perceived impact on their own lives: principal concerns were the educational and practical implications of school closures and social isolation, including impacts on educational prospects.
- Views about school reopening: young people understood the broader rationale for school reopening and were generally positive about it, but expressed concerned about their safety and that of others.
- Communication issues: a need for clear, concise, understandable information readily accessible for young people was expressed. Up to now, they felt passive recipients rather than participants.
- As per previous C&F briefings, young people want to be active participants in the recovery, but require appropriate information and a means by which their voices can be heard.