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Commons Education Committee considers effects of Covid-19 outbreak on children in social care

The House of Commons Education Select Committee will hold an evidence session to consider the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on children in social care, looked-after children, and those with safeguarding and welfare needs.

There is a concern that children who before Covid-19 were already vulnerable could now be facing further hardship. The OECD has reported that the Covid-19 outbreak acts as a catalyst for a considerable rise in child maltreatment by exacerbating some of the contributing factors, such as household poverty, overcrowded housing, social isolation, domestic violence, and parental substance abuse. In some families, this could create a 'pressure cooker' situation.

As lockdown conditions continue to be eased, and schools and early years provision reopen, and universal services start to operate more normally, the Committee wishes to consider how children's services are positioned to deal with the full extent the pandemic is having on the lives of the children and the families they are there to support.

The session will take place on 22 July 2020. For more details of the inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on education and children's services, click here. For the names of the witnesses attending on 22 July, click here.