How child inclusive were Australia's responses to COVID-19?

Sharon Bessell, Celia Vuckovic

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    From March 2020, Australia introduced a range of policies to respond to COVID-19, most of which impacted significantly on the lives of children. This article applies a child-centred framework, developed from rights-based participatory research with children, to analyse how children have been represented in policy narratives around COVID-19 and the extent to which policy responses have been child-inclusive or child-centred. We argue that, overall, COVID-19 policy responses have failed to be child-inclusive or child-centred. This has important implications not only for understanding the impact of COVID-19 on children but also in understanding-and potentially rethinking-the place of children in policies as Australia emerges from COVID-19 restrictions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)194-211
    JournalAustralian Journal of Social Issues
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


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