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Covid inquiry will brush toll on children under the carpet, warn senior Tories

“The need to understand how to prevent such adverse impacts on children in any future emergency and how we can best help children of all ages recover and flourish as we move out of the pandemic is now urgent,” the letter concludes.

“Our pandemic response over the last two years has consistently, and at times devastatingly, deprioritised the education, health and welfare of children in relation to their adult custodians. We owe a collective duty to children to correct course, and to do so swiftly.”

Earlier this week , the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists stated the inquiry should examine the influence of Covid on children’s psychological well being and “make sure their voices are heard as part of the process”. Mind, the psychological well being charity, echoed the name and stated younger individuals needed to “bear the brunt”.

Molly Kingsley, the co-founder of UsForThem, stated it was a “shocking and astonishing oversight” that the inquiry is presently not going to analyze the influence of the pandemic on children.

She added: “There has been no other group that has been more prejudiced by the Government’s pandemic response than children. This inquiry brings a one-off opportunity to ask what went wrong for children. It would be a tragedy were that opportunity to be wasted.”

The public can submit responses on the UK Covid-19 Inquiry web site till midnight on April 7. The inquiry can also be holding a sequence of conferences with key stakeholders, and on Friday schooling sector representatives had been invited to debate their views on what the inquiry ought to embody.  

After this, the inquiry may make amendments to its phrases of reference and will submit these to the Cabinet Office for approval.

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