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Child Protection Update

Published: November 30, 2020

Coronavirus: children’s rights
Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission
Date: 20 November 2020
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a report expressing concerns about how the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities and having a devastating impact on children’s rights, well-being and futures. Key concerns outlined in a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) include: more children being pushed into poverty, widening educational inequalities and worsening mental health.

Read the news story: Government must do more to safeguard children’s rights and protect them from the impact of the pandemic
Read the report: Children’s rights in Great Britain (PDF)

Coronavirus: impact on children, young people and families
Source: Scottish Government
Date: 24 November 2020

The Scottish Government has published a briefing summarising evidence from Scotland and the UK on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the wellbeing of children, young people and families, including those with vulnerabilities and those experiencing disadvantage or discrimination.

Read the briefing: Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on children, young people and families – evidence summary October 2020
Read the report: A safe space? The rights of children in mental health inpatient care (PDF)

Coronavirus: impact on children
Source: Public Health Scotland
Date: 25 November 2020

Public Health Scotland has published a report looking at the impact of coronavirus on 2- to 4-year-olds. The report finds that: 34% of parents indicated that they had better relationships with their children than before lockdown and 61% felt that relationships were about the same; children had largely remained active in lockdown although quality of sleep for many children had deteriorated; and learning experiences were severely restricted during lockdown.

Read the report: The impact of COVID-19 on children and young people – 2-4 year olds

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