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More than being heard: how to include children and young people in post-COVID policymaking

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep inequalities and spurred a conversation about what matters in society and how we would like to rebuild the country after the crisis. With evidence showing that children and young people have been disproportionately impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic, there are concerns that a whole generation could be left behind. As policymakers seek solutions to help mitigate these impacts, how can we ensure that children and young people are key stakeholders in decision making about their futures? What practical steps can policymakers take to ensure that, as well as being heard, young people are more actively included in the policymaking process?SpeakersDr Deborah Ralls, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, The University of ManchesterAndrew Bowie MP, Vice Chair of the Conservative Party & Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and KincardineDan Lawes, Founder and Chair, YouthPolitics UKJoe Seddon, CEO of Zero Gravity & Trustee, British Youth CouncilJames Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair)At the event we heard from The University of Manchester’s Dr Deborah Ralls, whose research focuses on how education policy could be redefined to create more inclusive urban decision-making processes. She discussed the importance of considering children and young people as the experts of their own lives and why it is essential that any attempts to build back better adopt a collective approach, which includes children and young people as key stakeholders in core urban decision-making processes. We also heard from Daniel Lawes, Founder and Chair of YouthPolitics UK; Andrew Bowie MP, Vice Chair of the Conservative Party and Joe Seddon, Trustee of the British Youth Council.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ralls D, Bowie A, Lawes D, Seddon J, Kirkup J

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2021

Publisher: Social Market Foundation

Place Published: London

Type: Panel event