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ADCS report warns that Covid 19 crisis could cast a ‘long shadow’ over disadvantaged children, young people and families

New report highlights anticipated peak in children’s services demand at a point where funding becomes exhausted.

The report ‘Building a country that works for all children post Covid 19’ warns that although children have been less affected by the virus in terms of infection and mortality rates, they have suffered increased exposure to ‘hidden harms’ as well as lost learning. There has also been adverse impact from social distancing on children and young people’s development and on their mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

The report calls for urgent government action suggesting that “This moment represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to be bold and tackle head on the inequalities and the structural barriers many children and families face, particularly those from the most deprived areas and from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups, and bring about meaningful and lasting change. Children’s life chances and all of our futures depend on it.

ADCS members believe a rapid review of the response to the first phase of the pandemic is required in order to improve preparedness for future waves and spikes of infection. The experiences of practitioners and of children and families must be part of this process.”

Read the full report here