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Survey Report: Parent/ carers views on the impact of COVID 19

Overview

The HYPE health champions expressed a wish to design a survey to help us better understand the impact COVID 19 has had on young people as they returned to education, employment and training at the end of Lockdown 1. Young people had been away from education and training and had their employment impacted for a significant amount of time and it was of interest to the health champions to gather their views and opinions on how they were impacted and the support they were provided when a sense of normality returned in September 2020.

In total 78 young people responded to this survey which gives a snapshot of the impact that COVID 19 has had on young people’s education, employment and training during lockdown 1 and as a sense of normality returned in September 2021.

Results

1. During Lockdown 1, were you a student at school or university?

Yes: 76

No: 2

2. If yes, were you set regular home learning to complete during lockdown 1?

Yes: 40

No: 37

3. Did you complete home learning on a regular basis?

Yes: 29

No: 48

4. What are your thoughts on the amount of home learning that was set during lockdown?

Just right: 24

Too much: 32

Not enough: 21

5. How efficient was the communication from your education provider during lockdown 1?

Comments included:

Awful: 1

Not efficient at all: 8

Good: 6

Ok: 3

Not the Best: 1

Shocking: 1

No communication at all: 10

Terrible: 2

Could have been better: 1


6. During lockdown 1, was there enough computer equipment at home to allow you to complete the home learning being set?

Yes: 64

No: 13


7. Did issues with WIFI impact on your ability to complete home learning?

Yes: 36

No: 41

8. Did you receive exam results during lockdown?

Yes: 59

No: 18


9. If yes, how were your results impacted because of COVID 19 and lockdown 1?

Better than expected: 16

Worse than expected: 25

What you expected: 25


10. When you returned to education in September were you able to understand the learning being delivered in lessons?

Yes I understood: 18

I feel I needed a recap on some topics before moving on with my learning: 53

No I didn’t understand anything: 6


11. At the beginning of lockdown were you in paid Employment?

Yes: 18

No: 59


12. As a result of lockdown, were there changes in your employment status?

Furloughed: 7

Loss of job: 5

Started a new job: 7

Working from home: 3

No change: 46

Other please specify: 7

  • Had a raise in income due to more people purchasing papers on my paper round

  • Given no shifts but was not furloughed

  • No job

  • Was able to work once regulations were put in place

  • Still employed but not furlough because of my age I believe

  • Start date of new job delayed due to COVID therefore was furloughed from current job and just had to wait to see when could start new job

13. For those young people in employment, are places of work providing you with the correct PPE where required to allow you to complete your job safely?

Yes: 19

No: 4

Not Applicable: 51


14. For those young people in employment, how efficient have employers been with communicating changes to the workplace in relation to COVID 19?

Comments included:

Very Efficient: 6

Good: 6

Efficient: 1

No communication at all: 2

Really good: 5

Not very good: 1

Extremely efficient: 1

Ok: 1

Fairly good: 2


15. Has COVID impacted on your search for employment (this can be part time or full time)?

Yes: 34

No: 10

N/A: 28

Comments included:

  • Young people cannot find jobs because there are less available due to the closure of so many businesses

  • Nowhere is currently hiring making it impossible to find a new job

  • Businesses that are open are using minimal staff so not needing to recruit

  • There are more people searching for a new job making it more difficult to secure a job


16. Have you had a virtual interview during COVID 19?

Yes: 7

No: 70


17. What was your experience of this interview?

Liked the experienced: 6

Disliked the experience: 1

Neither liked or disliked the experience: 0


18. What was the overall impact of lockdown 1 on your mental health?

No impact: 2

Mild: 28

Moderate: 24

Severe: 24


19. Since lockdown measures were eased in July have you accessed any support for your mental health?

Yes: 19

No: 58


20. If yes, what support did you access? (suggestion made by young people included)

CAMHS: 6

 Friends: 6

GP: 1

Counselling: 3

School mentor: 1

Family: 1

School: 1

Adult mental health services: 1


21. What are the reasons for you accessing this support? (tick as many as appropriate)

Stress within the home: 19

Work related stress: 13

Financial worries: 2

Education: 22

Isolation and loneliness: 24

Family issues: 12

Other (see below)

Relationship issues: 1

Eating problems: 2

General life and worries: 2

All of the above: 1


22.Have you noticed a change in the level of care being provided by health care services since the end of lockdown 1?

Yes: 42

No: 34


23. If yes, what changes have you noticed?

Increased level of care: 23

Decreased level of care: 20

Other (see responses below)

  • Help has been very limited for those with existing health conditions

  • Experienced delays in care being provided


24. Have you had any experience of virtual appointments with health care professionals during COVID 19?

Yes: 21

No: 57

Discussion Points

  • HYPE Health champions were surprised at the high number of young people who said they did not complete home learning regularly during lockdown 1 with a total of 48 young people responding no to completing the home learning on a regular basis. It is thought this could as a result of the cancellation of exams. Young people therefore did not have revision and preparation to complete to prepare for these exams giving them less home learning, if any to complete.

  • Another figure the HYPE health champions were shocked about was young people’s thoughts on the amount of home learning that was set for them to complete during lockdown 1. 41.5% of those who responded to this question believe that they were given too much home learning to complete, 27% believed they did not have enough home learning with the remaining 31.5% believing they were set just the right amount of work.

  • The amount of young people experiencing WIFI issues during lockdown 1 was another area the HYPE health champions found to be a high figure with 47% of young people who completed the survey reporting they experienced difficulties with accessing WIFI at some point during lockdown 1 which made completing home learning difficult.

  • Out of the 77 young people who answered this survey, 59 of these received exam results in the summer of 2020, meaning 77% of the participants in this survey were of exam age. With 42% reporting the exam results they received were worse than what they expected, a further 42% reporting they were what they expected, 16% reporting their results were better than they expected them to be.

  • The next point the HYPE health champions pointed out from the results is the responses from the question relating to whether or not young people were able to understand the learning being delivered in lessons when they returned to school in September following the lockdown and summer break in 2020. Interestingly 69% of the young people highlighted that on return to school they felt they needed a recap on some of their topics before being able to move on with their learning and therefore really struggled when returning to school. A further 23% responded that they understood everything when they returned to school and were able to move on with their learning and finally a further 0.07% of young people said they did not understand anything when they returned to school and really struggled to keep up to date with the learning taking place in the classroom.

  • Interestingly only 18 of the young people who participated in the survey identified accessing mental health support since the end of lockdown in July. When asked what support these people have accessed a wide range of support mechanisms were identified including friends and family, GP, CAMHS, school mentor, counsellor. Reasons provided for accessing these services included stress within the home, work related stress, financial worries, education, isolation and loneliness and family issues


  • Young people also identified that they had seen a change in the level of care being provided by health and social care services since the end of lockdown 1, in total 55% of young people reported seeing a change. Of these 55% over half saw an increase in the level of care being received and the remainder reporting seeing an decrease in the level of care being provided by health and social care services. Further comments given by some participants were that ‘help has been very limited for those with existing health conditions’ and ‘young people are experiencing delays in the care they need being provided.’

Next steps

  • For HYPE health champions to design a piece of work that gains the views and opinions of young people on what child and adolescent mental health services should look like when a sense of normality returns to gain the views and opinions of young people and their parents/ carers.


  • For HYPE health champions to have discussions with young people on the differences between lockdown 1 and lockdown 3 on:

    • Home-schooling

    • Young person mental health

    • Parental mental health

    • Social isolation

  • Access to services

  • Level of care and support received

  • To share survey results with organisations/ services/ professionals in Plymouth to ensure support being provided is tailored to the needs of young people and all are aware of the impact lockdown measures are having on education, employment and training.


  • To create a space for young people to meet with service leaders/ directors/ service providers to share their work over COVID 19.

 

Survey Report: Parent/ carers views on the impact of COVID 19

Overview

To help us better understand the impact COVID 19 has had on home life and family routine young people felt there was a need to create a survey to capture the views and opinions of parents and carers on how these issues had affected them and within their homes. The survey was shared on Barnardo’s HYPE social media pages including Facebook and Instagram, along with the children centres in Plymouth and also emailed out to schools to share with their parents/ carers.


In total 111 parents/ carers responded to this survey and gives a snapshot of the impact that COVID 19 has had on the home life and routine for families during this pandemic. 



Results

  1. Have staggered start and finish times within education had an impact on your daily routine at home?

Yes: 23

No: 88


  1. Have you been given home schooling information should we enter another lockdown which may include educational settings closing?

Yes: 70

No: 41


  1. Has COVID 19 resulted in you having to work from home?

Yes: 23

No: 88


  1. Has working from home impacted on your childcare?

Yes: 27

No: 77


  1. Have you had to alter your working hours to accommodate the phased start and finish times at school?

Yes: 30

No: 80


  1. Have your childcare costs altered due to COVID 19?

Increased: 10

Decreased: 11

Stayed the same: 85


  1. How accessible has childcare been since young people have returned to education?

Easy: 2

Remained the same: 84

Difficult: 18


  1. What impact has homeschooling had on your workload?

Severe: 35

Moderate: 42

Mild: 31


  1. How has working from home impacted on your mental health?

Severe: 14

Moderate: 44

Mild: 51


  1. What impact did homeschooling have on your own mental health?

Severe: 19

Moderate: 49

Mild: 43


  1. Did you notice a change with others in the household in regards to their own mental health?

Yes: 71

No: 40


  1. With your child returning to school, how did this impact on your mental health?

Severe: 8

Moderate: 34

Mild: 69


  1. Has any of your children had to self isolate due to a COVID case in their class bubble?

Yes: 28

No: 83


  1. If so, did the school provide home learning materials for your child to complete whilst isolation?

Yes: 43

No: 32


  1. How efficient was the communication from the education provider during this isolation period?

Poor: 10

Satisfactory: 24

Good: 30

Outstanding: 17 


  1. Do you have a child that is currently in year 6?

Yes: 20

No: 89


  1. Did you attend any secondary schools for a tour to help make your decision on which school your child will attend next year?

Yes: 10

No: 10


  1. How did you feel about choosing a secondary school for your child based on virtual tours and information?

Dislike: 16

Neither like or dislike: 52

Like: 7


  1. Do you think those taking exams (A Levels, GCSE’s, SAT) should take place in 2021?

Yes: 57

No: 54


Discussion Points

  • HYPE Health champions were surprised at the low number of parents who feel that their daily routine had been altered due to the staggered start and finish times at school to help keep young people in their bubbles. Comments left by some parents indicate start and finish times were an issue and caused delays in starting work, more time sat in cars waiting for all the children to finish school and later home times.

  • HYPE health champions were shocked that out of the 111 parents who completed the survey only 28 said they had young people who have had to isolate due to a case of COVID 19 in their class bubble. Young people expected this number to be higher with news of cases of COVID in most schools across the city.

  • It was noted in the results that 64% parents/ carers noted changes to the mental health of those within their home however it is not specified if these changes are positive or negative so the young people would like to look into this further.


  • HYPE health champions felt that due to COVID 19 less parents with children in year 6 would have attended secondary schools for a tour; however 50% of the parents who completed the survey reported they had visited prospective secondary schools to have a look around to support their decisions in which school to send their children next year.


  • HYPE health champions were shocked at the impact homeschooling has had on the mental health of parents. With over half of the parents reporting severe - moderate impact to their mental health as a result of having to home school their children.

  • Over half of parents who completed the survey expressed how they believe exams should go ahead in 2021 for young people however this figure was very close with 57 parents saying yes they should go ahead and 54 parents saying no they should not go ahead. When the health champions looked at comments left by parents when answering this question the general feeling is that parents want some sort of normality to continue for their children/ young people as they have worked hard and deserve the chance to prove themselves and achieve their potential to allow their futures to progress and have minimal impact on future generations. 


  • Question 14 and 15 were answered by more participants than answered yes to question 13 which means the results are harder to analyse as these questions correlate to one another.


Next steps

  • Health champions to gain further information from parents on the impact of COVID on the mental health of individuals within the home to find out if this is a positive or negative impact.


  • To gain more insight from parents/ carers on the impact of homeschooling on mental health and wellbeing


  • To work with young people to design a young person survey to find out how the return to education/ employment and training has impacted on them


  • To design with young people separate primary and secondary school surveys picking out the key areas from previous surveys to gain an sight on the impact of the three lockdowns on these areas


  • To reach out to the home schooling network to find out how COVID 19 has impacted on their daily routines and homeschooling and the support they were offered.


  • To reach out to university students to find out how COVID 19 has impacted on their education, mental health and well being.


For further information on the results of this survey please contact gemma.blackmore@barnardos.org.uk