Consultation

Scrutiny of Covid-19 and its impact on children and young people (including students in further and higher education)

Purpose of the consultation

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is exploring how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of life for children and young people (including students in further and higher education).

 

A child-friendly version of this call for views is available.

 

We will consider the impact of the outbreak and how it is being managed on children and young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, their education and their social care. How the Welsh Government and its associated public bodies are dealing with the situation and its impact on relevant sectors and professions will also be considered.

 

We are keen to hear from everyone involved in supporting children and young people across sectors, including – but not limited to - education, health, social care, and youth work. We will also engage directly with children and young people to ensure that their views are at the forefront of scrutiny. We do not expect detailed or lengthy evidence papers – a short email about your views on, and experiences of, the impact of the pandemic is more than enough, and we will get in touch with you directly if there’s anything we want to understand more fully.

 

Given current circumstances there is no fixed deadline by which to submit your views – we asked you to share them with us as soon as you’re able so that we can follow things up in as timely a way as possible.

 

As well as gathering public views, we plan to undertake a series of one-off evidence sessions. Mindful of the pressures facing public services, we will also use other evidence-gathering methods undertake our scrutiny in as proportionate and responsible manner as possible. All details of our work will be published on a rolling basis.

 

We are keen to consider the impact of Covid-19, and measures adopted to manage the pandemic, on the following areas, and any other areas within our remit you wish to draw to our attention

 

  • The physical and mental health of children and young people.
  • Vulnerable and disadvantaged children (including pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, children in need, looked after children and children eligible for free school meals).
  • Children’s services, including social care and safeguarding.
  • Early childhood education and care, including impact on the childcare market and childhood development.
  • Statutory school education, including arrangements for remote learning, continuity of learning, the impact on educational outcomes and the implementation of the critical workers policy.
  • Exams and qualifications (including vocational qualifications).
  • Higher and further education, including the financial sustainability of the sector, the effect of changes to courses, student accommodation and other student services, and the impact of this on students’ legal rights.
  • Student financial support including the impact on students who have lost their part-time employment.
  • Youth work.
  • Support available for the workforce, including (but not limited to) health, social care, education, children’s services, and youth workers.
  • Parents and carers.
  • Children’s rights.

 

How to send us your thoughts: You can submit your views by emailing seneddcype@senedd.wales.

 

How we use your information: As a matter of course we publish all views we receive.

 

For individuals submitting in a private capacity, we anonymise views before they are published. The names and roles of those submitting in a professional capacity will be published, as will the names of organisations submitting information. We may remove personal data from the published version of your evidence if we consider that it could be used to identify you or a third party personally; and/or we agree to do so in response to a request by you.

 

Before accepting material from those aged 13 or under, we require authorisation from the young person’s parent or guardian. This may be provided in the form of an email from the young person’s parent or guardian.

 

Please ensure that you have considered our policy on disclosure of information before sending information to us, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Language: We work in two official languages, Welsh and English. You can submit in either (or both if your organisation’s standards or schemes require you to do so), in line with our Official Languages Scheme. We will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

 

Individual cases: While all views submitted will help our thematic scrutiny of Covid-19 and its impact, we are unable to advise on―or take up―individual cases. However, your local representatives will be able to assist you and you can find their details on our website.

 

Evidence submitted in response to this consultation will be published on a rolling basis. Each submission is marked with the date it was received and the date it was published.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Children, Young People and Education Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1SN

Email: SeneddCYPE@senedd.wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565

 

 

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