What do children and young people think as lockdown eases?

Date: 20th August 2021
Category: COVID-19

child wearing a mask with their arms out highlighting the 2 metre distance rule

The latest round of the #LockdownLowdown survey reveals what children and young people aged 11 to 25 feel about the impact of COVID-19 on their mental and physical health, access to information, employment, relationships, primary, secondary and further education and youth work.

The study of over 2,500 young people serves as a follow-up to previous #LockdownLowdown surveys that explored children and young people's concerns in response to the pandemic. Some of the key findings from this round include:

  • Around three quarters of respondents in primary school were happy to be back to in-person learning (46 out of 59 respondents)
  • Around three quarters of respondents in secondary school had returned to school in person (76%). When asked if they were happy with the way they were being taught, the majority of respondents who were attending in person selected Yes (85%). Respondents who were undertaking blended learning were also mostly happy (60%), whereas only 38% of those who were doing distance learning stated that they were happy with this method.
  • Respondents in secondary school were asked if they felt confident about finding a job, apprenticeship, course or training when they leave school. More respondents agreed with this statement than disagreed, with 40% selecting Agree or Strongly agree. A quarter (25%) selected Disagree or Strongly disagree.
  • Over half of respondents Agreed or Strongly agreed that they felt good about their physical health and wellbeing (56%). Compared with the previous survey this is a slight reduction (by 4 percentage points). Around a fifth (21%) Disagreed or Strongly disagreed with this statement.
  • Respondents had mixed views of their mental health and wellbeing, with two fifths agreeing (40%) that they felt good about their mental health and wellbeing. This result was similar to results from the previous survey. Over a third (35%) Disagreed or Strongly disagreed with this statement.

To read more of the key findings and the full #LockdownLowdown report, click here.