The Children's Inquiry

How the state and society failed the young during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Pub Date 30 Jun 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Despite being least affected by the virus itself, children and young people bore the brunt of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. When schools were closed, playgrounds taped up and play outlawed, children’s lives were closed down. The catastrophic impact on children and young people’s education, mental health, wellbeing, and life chances is becoming ever clearer, with the most disadvantaged suffering disproportionately.

In May 2020 Liz Cole and Molly Kingsley founded UsForThem to advocate – in an often hostile climate – for children to be prioritised during the pandemic response. Having heard from thousands of families, and having often clashed with policymakers, they have a unique perspective on how the state’s response to the pandemic has affected our children.

Here they document their shocking findings: how completely children’s health and welfare were sacrificed for that of adults; how policymakers appeared to disregard the harms they were causing; and how adults charged with protecting the young stood by and watched as children visibly struggled or slipped out of sight altogether. This dereliction of duty should haunt us for decades to come.

With exclusive testimony from academics, politicians, scientists, educators, and parents, as well as former Children’s Commissioners, the book exposes the problems at the heart of policymaking which led to the systemic and ongoing betrayal of children. From public health to politics, and from media discourse to safeguarding, the authors show how children were too often used as the means to further adult interests. Ahead of the public inquiry, the authors call for an honest appraisal of what went wrong, and commitment from stakeholders to reimagine – not just recover – childhood.

Despite being least affected by the virus itself, children and young people bore the brunt of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. When schools were closed, playgrounds taped up and play outlawed...


A Note From the Publisher

MAIN THEMES

- How society and state broke the social contract and responsibility to protect the young - instead sacrificing them to protect adults;
- How the pandemic public health response catastrophically failed to appropriately balance the harms to the young with perceived benefits;
- The need to confront, however uncomfortable, the failure of the safeguarding regime for children most especially in schools;
- How those who attempted to warn of harm to children were either ignored, silenced or vilified;
- The severity of the known impacts on babies, children, and young people of the pandemic response and the as yet unquantified potential consequences;
- The need for radical thinking to enfranchise children and ensure their needs are heard in politics and in policymaking.

MAIN THEMES

- How society and state broke the social contract and responsibility to protect the young - instead sacrificing them to protect adults;
- How the pandemic public health response...


Advance Praise

“Brave, urgent, fierce and vital.” - Laura Dodsworth, author of A State of Fear


“A devastating analysis of a country’s failure to prioritise its children and young people during a global disaster.” - Professor Lucy Easthope, author ofWhen the Dust Settles


“A truly important book. It needs to be read by policy makers and parents so that never again will our children be betrayed as they have been in the last two years.” - Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph columnist and bestselling author


“Brave, urgent, fierce and vital.” - Laura Dodsworth, author of A State of Fear


“A devastating analysis of a country’s failure to prioritise its children and young people during a global disaster.” -...


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