While children have largely been spared the direct serious physical health impacts of Covid-19, the pandemic has arguably negatively impacted the lives and futures of young people more than adults. UK ministers and civil servants when making and taking decisions have to weigh up competing interests, yet without a voice, children are often neglected in the process. Decisions that negatively impact children and young people not only harm them but also mean high costs to society in the future.
There are few public services or policy agencies whose work has no impact on children. Post-pandemic, there is an opportunity to ensure more relevant and responsive policies and service by involving children and young people and gaining access to their ideas, skills and perspectives. The UK as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) can and should do better.