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Committee asks what long-term support parents and families will need as result of pandemic

21 April 2021

On Tuesday 27 April, the COVID-19 Committee will consider whether services are in place to address the long-term impact of the pandemic on parents and families.

In the Committee’s evidence session on 20 April, members heard how difficult the last year has been for families, with increases in mental ill health and domestic abuse, parents unable to access formal and informal support networks and concerns over the long term impact on children and infants’ development.

In this session, the Committee will consider whether services are in place to meet the increased need that will arise from this impact, both now and in the longer-term.


At 9.45am, the Committee will hear evidence from:

  • Baroness Blake of Leeds, Chair, Local Government Association’s Children and Young People’s Board
  • Chloe Darlington, Policy and Communications Manager, Children England
  • Lucy Hadley, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Women’s Aid
  • Paula Lavis, Policy Manager, NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network

Themes for discussion

  • What estimates have been made about how the pandemic has affected the level of need for services.
  • To what extent services will be able to meet that need.
  • What action is needed from Government (or others) to address any gaps in current and future provision.

Further information