Research exploring impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, young people and families

In September 2020, NCB’s Research & Policy and Northern Ireland teams recruited participants in a qualitative research project to explore the impact which the Covid-19 pandemic had on children, young people and parents. We spoke with participants on a monthly basis during the course of the pandemic to document the ways that both the pandemic and associated lockdown is changing the lives of families in different ways.

Conversations with participants covered a range of topics, and changed depending on the age and circumstances of each participant but broadly we discussed: how their lives have changed since March 2020; practical impacts, particularly in relation to accessing support services, within the family environment and educational settings; changes in emotional wellbeing or mental health; impact of local or regional lockdowns and restrictions.

Outputs related to the project can be accessed at the top of this page.