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Parents share their fears about the pandemic’s long-term impact

27 May 2021

As part of the COVID-19 Committee’s inquiry into the long-term impact of the pandemic on parents and families, members heard directly from three groups of parents.


The discussions, held via video conference, gave members the chance to hear from parents about their experiences of the last year, and their concerns for how it might impact their families in future. Issues raised included the mental health of both parents and children, delays to children’s social and emotional development, the potential long-term harm from being unable to access healthcare and social services and increasing family tensions and relationship breakdowns.

The discussions were arranged in conjunction with three charities:

  • Children North East.
  • Migrant Family Support.
  • Contact (for families with disabled children).

The transcripts of these discussions, which have been anonymised, can be viewed using the links below.

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