Covid-19 and protecting the rights of children and young people


Claire Houghton of the Research Methods Training Centre has been involved in writing the newly published Independent Children’s Rights Impact Assessment. This is an important contribution to debate over the policy response to coronavirus in Scotland and the UK. Claire, along with Fiona Morrison of Stirling University makes recommendations to protect the rights of children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. They found restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the virus increased risk, made it harder to report abuse, seek help, access support and justice. They argue that government must involve young survivors in plans to mitigate the harmful effects of domestic abuse during Covid-19.


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