More than being heard: how to include children and young people in post-COVID policymaking

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep inequalities and spurred a conversation about what matters in society and how we would like to rebuild the country after the crisis. With evidence showing that children and young people have been disproportionately impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic, there are concerns that a whole generation could be left behind. As policymakers seek solutions to help mitigate these impacts, how can we ensure that children dn young people are key stakeholders in decision making about their futures? What practical steps cn policymakers take to ensure that, as well as being heard, young people are more actively included in the policymaking process?
At the event we will hear from The University of Manchester's Dr Deborah Ralls, whose research focuses on how education policy could be redefined to create more inclusive urban decision- making processes. She will discuss the importance of considering children and young people as the experts of their own lives and why it is essential that any attempts to build back better adopt a collective approach, which includes children and young people as key stakeholders in core urban decision-making processes.
Held atSocial Market Foundation, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • COVID-19
  • Children and young people
  • Experts in their own lives
  • Policymaking
  • Education policy and practice

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester
  • Manchester Urban Institute