This report presents findings from qualitative research conducted with a range of children, young people and parents in vulnerable or seldom heard groups, carried out to explore their lived experiences during and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Participant groups were selected to fill gaps in the existing evidence base and included children, young people and their parents with additional support needs; with domestic abuse experiences; who are asylum seeking and from minority ethnic backgrounds; and in gypsy/traveller families. Participants also included young and single parents; parents with physical and/or mental illness; and parents in the perinatal period.
In total, the research involved 247 participants, 44 children, 90 young people and 113 parents. The main methods used were focus groups, individual interviews and drama-led play sessions. Some research was also conducted via text conversations and non instructed advocacy.