Lessons Learnt From Lockdown: The highs and lows of the pandemic's impact on disabled children and young people

Between February and March 2021, as part of the Making Participation Work programme which is funded by the Department for Education and jointly delivered by Council for Disabled Children and KIDS, the Council for Disabled Children commissioned Kaizen to deliver an England wide consultation with children and young people with SEND. The consultation was co-designed between Kaizen, CDC and the FLARE young advisory group, and is based on the feedback of children and young people participating in CDC and KIDS led youth groups.

Over 600 children and young people, 128 parents and 110 professionals contributed their views and experiences to this report - this report is the largest consultation to date with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives, and to hear directly from children and young people to understand what support they need moving forward. 

We have produced three reports – a full detailed version, a children and young people’s summary and an easy read version. 

We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of children, young people, parents and practitioners across England who were involved in this consultation.

Please find both reports below.