Priorities for the child public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic recovery in England

Catherine Hefferon, Catherine Taylor, Davara Bennett, Catherine Falconer, Melisa Campbell, Jo Williams, Dave Schwartz, Ruth Kipping, David Taylor-Robinson

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Child health is at risk from the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 response and will suffer further unless it is given proper consideration. The pandemic can be conceived as a systemic shock to the wider determinants of child health, with impacts on family functioning and income, access to healthcare and education. This article outlines COVID-19 impacts on children in England. Key priorities relate to the diversion of healthcare during lockdown; interruption and return to schooling; increased health risks and long-term impacts on child poverty and social inequalities. We provide an overview of mitigation strategies and policy recommendations aimed to assist both national and local professionals across child health, education, social care and related fields to inform the policy response.
Original languageEnglish
Article number320214
Pages (from-to)533-538
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Early online date9 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2021

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