Journal of Children's Services: Volume 15 Issue 4

Research informing policy and practice


Table of contents - Special Issue: Promoting the welfare, protection and care of children during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

Guest Editors: Emily Munro

The impact of COVID-19 on children from poor families in Ghana and the role of welfare institutions

Lorretta Domfeh Owusu, Kwabena Frimpong-Manso

This paper is focussed on answering the following questions: How are poor families surviving in this era of COVID-19? What is life for children from poor families? What has become…


Promoting the welfare, protection and care of victims of child trafficking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Yvonne Rafferty

This paper aims to focus on the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on victims of child trafficking. It highlights findings from research on other pandemics and outbreaks, the impact…


Unjust pains: the impact of COVID-19 on children in prison

Tim Bateman

The purpose of this paper is to consider the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the treatment of children in penal custody.


Covid-19, county lines and the seriously “left behind”

John Pitts

The purpose of this study is to suggest how the Covid-19 lockdown may affect illicit drug users and vulnerable children and young people who become involved in County lines drug…


Normalcy for children in foster care in the time of coronavirus

Mary Elizabeth Collins, Sarah Baldiga

This paper aims to describe how a sense of normalcy for young people in foster care can be critical to their well-being.


Support, cohabitation and burden perception correlations among LGBTQA+ youth in Spain in times of COVID-19

R. Lucas Platero, Miguel Ángel López-Sáez

The purpose of this study is to examine the situation of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queer and asexual (LGBTQA+) youth in Spain, pre-examining the links between the…


Effects of COVID-19 related restrictive measures on parents of children with developmental difficulties

Lana Lučić, Tihana Brkljačić, Andreja Brajša-Žganec

Social distancing and school closures have changed the lives of many parents around the globe. In addition to these problems, parents of children with developmental difficulties…


Returning to school: children and young people living with chronic illness

Nicola J. Gray, Didier Jourdan, Janet E. McDonagh

The reopening of schools during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is full of challenges for families, which are heightened for children and young people (CYP) who live with chronic…

Compounding education disengagement: COVID-19 lockdown, the digital divide and wrap-around services

Kathryn Seymour, Jennifer Skattebol, Ben Pook

The purpose of this paper is to share reflections on the frontline delivery of a wrap-around secondary school re-engagement programme on compounding digital inequality during the…


Implementing E-mentoring with care-experienced youth under “lock-down” – a South African experience

Mandi MacDonald, Andrew Dellis, Shanaaz Mathews, Jenna-Lee Marco

This paper aims to describe the challenges and potential benefits of moving a mentoring programme for young people in care and care leavers to an online mode of delivery in…


The team as a secure base revisited: remote working and resilience among child and family social workers during COVID-19

Laura Louise Cook, Danny Zschomler, Laura Biggart, Sara Carder

Social work teams can provide a secure base for social workers, supporting them to manage the emotional demands of child and family social work (Biggart et al., 2017). As the…


Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements: overcoming the challenges of Covid-19 measures

Jennifer Driscoll, Ann Lorek, Elise Kinnear, Aisha Hutchinson

Information sharing and joint working between agencies undertaking direct work with children have long been recognised as fundamental to robust and effective safeguarding and…


Joining the dots? Tackling child exploitation during Covid-19

Anna Racher, Isabelle Brodie

This paper aims to report on findings from action research undertaken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic by the Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme (TCESP), a…


Safeguarding children under Covid-19: What are we learning?

Jenny Pearce, Chris Miller

The purpose of this paper is to identify and share learning about safeguarding children under Covid-19 drawn from a series of webinars held by the Association of Safeguarding…


COVID on three continents: how local children’s organisations in Africa, Europe and South America are adapting to the coronavirus challenge

Suzanne Clulow, Nikoleta Dimitrouka, Iván Zamora Zapata

The purpose of this paper is to share anecdotally how the pandemic is affecting children, families and some of the frontline local services that support them across three…

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