Children and Covid19

Handing over the mic to the younger generation, to speak about their experiences with the corona-crisis. 

The perspective of children and young people is not being sufficiently highlighted in the public debate, the measures, and the exit strategy of the corona crisis. And even when their perspective is considered, it is too fragmented. That is why this research was launced, which serves to hand over the mic to the younger generation so they can let their voice be heard. The key question is the following: What do children and young people really think of the corona crisis and the measures that were taken?  What is their experience and to which extent do the measures impact their daily lives and how they feel?

The Flemish Office of the Children's Rights Commissioner, The Children's Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi) and the Flemish Child Rights Coalition joined forces to create and conduct a large-scale survey and to present the findings in one month's time. The findings need to reflect how children and young people experience the crisis, the approach that was taken to tackle it and what they want. The questions concerned home, schoolwork, contact with friends, how they feel, what they are worried about and what helps in coronation times. 

The socially committed research bureau Indiville helped to support this initiative.

The research report and the policy advice are now available in English. 

The results

Children and young people responded massively. More than 44.0000 children and young people completed the online survey: 17.000 children under the age of 12 and 27.000 plus 12 year olds. The results show how children and young people experience the crisis and what their needs are. 

We note that children and young people are going through a difficult period. For the most vulnerable children , the measures aiganst corona weigh even more heavily. We hope that the results of our research will contribute to a more tailored exit strategy for adults as well as children and adolescents. And that they show us what can be done better in the future.

You can find the questionnaire that we presented to children (between 8 and 12) here. The questionnaire that we presented to young people (12 to 17) can be found here