Committee holds session on health and wellbeing of young people
6 May 2020
The Education Committee has held a virtual session to examine the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak on children's health and wellbeing and how best to mitigate the pandemic's impact on the welfare of young people.
The Committee heard from Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Carol Iddon, Deputy Chief Executive and Managing Director of Children's Services at Action for Children and Mark Russell, Chief Executive of The Children's Society.
An audio recording of the session has been published on the Committee website. A summary note of the meeting will also be published shortly.
The session touched on the ongoing implications of school closures, online learning provision, problems with the free school meal voucher system and longer-term measures to support children's well-being.
The meeting was held as part of the Committee's inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on education and children's services. The inquiry is examining both short term impacts, such as the effects of school closures and exam cancellations, and the longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children.
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