The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the life of every child and their family in the country. Families with children have been among the worst affected, with job losses and increased costs of living from repeated lockdowns and school closures, causing many families to struggle financially. The pandemic has made life much harder for low-income households, those already living in insecure housing and at risk of homelessness, and those with precarious immigration status.
Now is the time for the government to set out an ambitious recovery and rebuild plan, supported by adequate resources. As part of this plan, it is critical that the government invests in social security, housing and crisis provision to ensure that families are adequately financially supported through this period of post-COVID-recovery. Children’s rights should be at the heart of recovery plans, and the UNCRC should underpin the government's post-COVID-19 approach so that reforms are in the best interests of children.
Read our joint briefing with Action for Children, Save the Children, The Children's Society, Children's Rights Alliance for England, Just for Kids Law, the NSPCC, the National Children's Bureau, Coram, Home Start and End Child Poverty.