Covid impact on children studied
RESEARCHERS are examining the impact Covid-19 has had on children living in temporary accommodation.
Dr Nadia Svirydzenka, Professor Raghu Raghavan and Dr Kriss Fearon, from De Montfort University, are taking part in the study, led by University College London, working with families with children under five in temporary accommodation and experiencing homelessness to learn about their experiences of life through the pandemic and its impact on child health and wellbeing.
Dr Svirydzenka said: “Young children in temporary accommodation suffer an invisible plight in the pandemic at a crucial period for their development, with long-lasting consequences for their health.
“We aim to use the platform of this project to give voice to families and learn from their experiences so that our healthcare services and policy can provide integrated support where it is so gravely needed.”
Families in temporary accommodation are at greater risk from Covid-19 as they often cannot social distance and isolate due to overcrowded housing, shared facilities and other issues.