More should have been done to assess the needs of children.

More should have been done to assess the needs of children.

While the pandemic has posed challenges for everyone, there are some children and young people who have faced more significant challenges than others. The extent of the impact on different people is difficult to measure. We heard that there is a lack of information and research to provide a broader understanding of the potential, and actual, impacts of the pandemic on children and young people. We heard that other countries, including the USA and the Netherlands, did research at the start of the pandemic, to better understand what was required and where funding should be targeted. Some organisations think that national research should have been carried out to better understand the needs of children and young people at the start of the pandemic.

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