Our work to help young people has always been important and necessary. We tackle issues like closing the attainment gap, increasing physical activity levels and helping boost the self-belief of Scotland’s young people.
However Scotland’s young people now have a greater and more urgent need of support to mitigate against the impact of Covid-19. In a volatile and uncertain world, confidence and resilience will be essential to navigate the challenges of life.
Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Their education has been disrupted, exams cancelled and social lives frozen. A survey of 4,000 children conducted by the Scottish Children’s Parliament in May 2020 shows the outbreak has left them feeling more downbeat, listless, anxious and insecure than before.
In June 2020, we surveyed teachers and parents, asking, ‘What do our young people need to thrive, rather than simply recover from the impact of Covid-19?’ Responses showed that young people need support to develop resilience, overcome anxiety and form social and emotional strategies.
Amidst this decline in the wellbeing of our young people, the need for the work we do is essential.