Today marks one year since the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child warned of the grave physical and psychological effects of the pandemic on children and called on states to take a rights-based response, with a focus not just on public health, but on all human rights.
The UN has highlighted that children’s views must be heard and taken into account in decision-making processes on the pandemic. Children should understand what is happening and feel that they are taking part in the decisions that are being made in response to the pandemic.
Children and young people’s rights to education, health, and private and family life have all been infringed by this pandemic. Those already at risk are suffering most: disabled and care-experienced children, young carers, those experiencing poverty.
More children are now living in poverty, suffering poor mental health, and dealing with bereavement.

It's essential that a human rights approach is central to our continued response to the pandemic. Addressing the impact of poverty must remain at the heart of decision making.
Children have the right to the highest attainable standard of health - this includes support for the mental health impacts of the pandemic. It is important we continue to consider the impacts of restrictions and decisions on things like education have on children's mental health.
Children have the right to an education which develops them to their fullest potential. The pandemic has drastically changed the way everyone has received education. It is essential that we ensure that every child gets any additional support they need.
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