COVID-19, the journey from crisis to opportunity: Experiences of young people in residential child care and their carers

Elaine Hamilton & Niamh Miller - Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care


COVID-19 arrived as a crisis. Its impact has been felt across the Globe and will continue to be for many years to come. Financially, emotionally, practically and psychologically – it has changed many views & forced us to think and behave differently in our everyday life. A massive challenged faced residential child care when lockdown was announced. Fear swept through the house, as the reality of our young people experiencing another challenge gripped us. At Nether Johnstone House, we have an ethos built around opportunity, experiences, relationships and most importantly love. In this article, our young people and team share some of our reflections and learnings of lockdown. Time has never seemed more important or significant than it has throughout 2020 and we have grown to appreciate this in its simplest form.