Putting children and young people at the heart of the recovery

This event, hosted by UK think tank Reform will discuss how we can place children and young people at the front and centre of the recovery.

The COVID-19 pandemic was rightly characterised by a national effort to protect the health of the most vulnerable, but also brought with it unprecedented disruption to livelihoods and routines. ‘Work from home’ became the norm, and schools across the country closed to reduce transmission. Adapting to these changes has been especially difficult for children and young people, with fewer social interactions, lost learning, and additional pressures on their mental health.

Now, as we turn to recovery, there is immense potential to rethink how the Government can support the most disadvantaged, and ‘level up’ opportunities for young people. The recent budget and spending review was a welcome first step, promising £1.8 billion of new money for catch-up teaching and further investment in Family Hubs and early intervention.

However, we owe it to children and young people to go much further — by placing them front and centre of the recovery.


Will Quince MP, Minister for Children and Families

Anne Longfield CBE, Chair, Commission on Young Lives

Rachel Sylvester, Chair, Times Education Commission

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