Children and Covid19

What is the impact of corona(measures) on the lives of children and youth? This question prompted local, regional and (inter)national actors launch various researches and surveys.

KeKi also wanted to contribute to the debate, by gathering knowledge on the consequences of the current situation on children and youth. On this page we bundle our initiatives and those of partners to which we contributed. 

Ongoing research

• The impact of corona(measures) on children and youth (2022)

The Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi) and the Youth Research Platform (JOP) collect and analyse a wide range of information on the impact of corona(measures) on children and youth on behalf of the Flemish Department of Culture, Youth and Media.

You can help us too. Have you conducted a research or survey on this topic since March 2020 or are you still working on it? Find more information in our call.

More information or questions? Contact rozelien.vanerdeghem@keki.be

Completed research

• The impact of COVID-measures on children and youth (2021)

This KeKi report offers an overview of the research on the impact of the corona measures on children and youth conducted in Flanders and Brussels from March 2020 until March 2021. The report clarifies that the measures taken to combat the COVID 19-pandemic have had a far-reaching impact on various aspects of the lives of children and youth.  

On 1 June 2021, we organized a webinar about this research report. The report of the webinar (Dutch) brings together some central findings from diverse COVID-19 research and reports on the contributions of three guest speakers. You can also rewatch the webinar here (Dutch).

• #youthaboutcorona (2020)

The Flemish Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner, the Flemish Child Rights Coalition and the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi) organised an online survey among youth in Flanders and Brussels. The survey asked them about their experiences and needs during corona times. The corona crisis fiercely affects children and youth. Yet the perspective of children and youth is still too little and too fragmented in the public debate. For the most vulnerable children, the measures weigh even heavier.

The findings show us how children and young people experience the crisis, the approach that was taken to tackle it and their needs. The resultswere compiled in a research report, accompanied by a policy advice.

We invite engaged citizens, civil society organisations and academics to dig deeper into the data we collected for this study and to use it as inspiration for more in-depth follow-up research.

We are making the data freely aaccessible (Dutch), to promtoe further research. The questionnaire we presented to children (between 8 and 12) can be found here. The questionnaire that we presented to young people (12-17) can be found here.

We are interested in receiving new insights and analyses. To inform us about new research and for more information onthe data and the questionnaires, please contact info@keki.be.

• Best interest of the child during the exit strategy (2020)

KeKi asks, together with Nathalie Van Ceulebroeck (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp – Social Work), Didier Reynaert (HOGent – Social Work), Caroline Vrijens (the Flemish Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner), Lien Magerman (the Flemish Child Rights Coalition), Alexandra Smarandescu (the Flemish Youth Council) and Fried Aernouts (Antwerp Youth Sector Consultation), in an opinion to take more account of the interests of the child when determining the exit strategy. Read the full letter on the website of the Flemish Child Rights Coalition (Dutch). [EK5] 

In an opinion piece KeKi and partners* asked policy makers to take the best interest of the child into account when determining the exit strategy. Read the full letter on the website of the Flemish Child Rights Coalition (Dutch).

*The partners were Nathalie Van Ceulebroeck (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp – Social Work), Didier Reynaert (HOGent – Social Work), Caroline Vrijens (the Flemish Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner), Lien Magerman (the Flemish Child Rights Coalition), Alexandra Smarandescu (the Flemish Youth Council) and Fried Aernouts (Antwerp Youth Sector Consultation) and KeKi.

 


Other interesting sources and organisations where you can find information on corona and children’s rights

  • Unicef 
  • ENOC
  • Eurochild
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Save the Children

And there are undoubtedly many more. You can always send us interesting organisations or research at info@keki.be.