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Children, Young People and Families, Covid, Education and Training

Supporting young people at key points of transition into training, learning and work during Covid-19 and beyond

This document is aimed at professionals who support young people at key points of transition into work, training and further learning.

20 August 2020

Failing to take action to provide psychological support for young people could have widespread, long-term implications for society, as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite into learning, training and employment opportunities.

Psychologists agree that urgent interventions are needed to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and evidence indicates that with appropriate support, it is possible for young people to make positive strides forward in a changing and challenging situation.

Our guidance offers professionals advice and resources about steps to take in the context of Covid-19, recognising some of the difficulties young people are facing and suggesting approaches to support their way forward.

There is a critical need to protect the mental health and wellbeing of a generation, with current figures showing young workers are most likely to have lost jobs due to the pandemic, and recent decisions about exam results creating distress, disappointment and, in some cases, lost opportunities.

Social inequalities, including the impact of poverty and ethnicity on outcomes for young people, have been brought into stark focus by the pandemic, leaving those from vulnerable communities at even further risk.

Previous recessions and economic downturns have demonstrated long lasting effects on young people, including an increased likelihood of poor mental and physical health and higher levels of crime.

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