UK Youth recently published a report highlighting the impact Covid-19 is likely to have on young people and the youth sector during and after the pandemic.
Between 20-27 March 2020, UK Youth surveyed the needs of the youth sector and young people in
the wake of COVID-19, and potential long-term impact. Feedback predicts that the impact on young people will include the following, ranked in order of importance (based on number of responses):
- Increased mental health or wellbeing concerns
- Increased loneliness and isolation
- Lack of safe space – including not being able to access their youth club/ service and lack of safe spaces at home
- Challenging family relationships
- Lack of trusted relationships or someone to turn to
- Increased social media or online pressure
- Higher risk for engaging in gangs, substance misuse, carrying weapons or other harmful practices
- Higher risk for sexual exploitation or grooming
The report also contains information on how Youth Organisations are adapting and innovating in the face of Covid-19.
Read the report in full here.