The VIP-CLEAR project is an AHRC-funded project exploring how COVID-19 has impacted the learning, development and health and wellbeing of children in Bristol, UK. 

The main aim of this project is to work with children to capture their voices.  We want to ensure that their worldviews and experiences are heard and considered as we look to support their recovery moving forward.

Although children are less likely to be at risk from the virus health-wise, they have experienced a lot of disruption and change due to efforts to manage the pandemic.  National lockdowns and isolation periods, home learning, and social distancing measures have meant reduced contact with family, friends, teachers, key support networks and special places.  This is in addition to the understandable trauma of living through the pandemic in terms of being exposed to potential economic, social, and emotional shocks.  Whilst young people have had a very wide range of experiences, those encountering pre-existing challenges are likely to have suffered differently and been disproportionately disadvantaged by the pandemic.

VIP-CLEAR is part of a larger collection of AHRC research projects that are exploring and helping to support mitigation of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more at the Pandemic and Beyond website.