5:08 pm, Monday, 28th June 2021

Share your views on the effect of Covid-19 and lockdown on SEND

A new study has been launched to learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns on children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

I am a parent

The study involved parents of children with SEND and their children aged 5-15 years old.

Tell us how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted your and your child.

Tell us what worked well and what more needs to be done for your child with SEND.

There are lots of different ways in the survey for children with SEND to share their views.

Take the Act, Listen, Act survey. The survey will take about 20-25 minutes to fill out.

I am a professional

If you work in a school, health or social care setting within Local Authorities or developing policy for children with SEND.

Help identify what has worked well and what has been challenging for children with SEND in your service during the COvid-19 pandemic and what needs to be done to support children with SEND moving forward.

Share your views in a short, 10-15 minute anonymous online survey

About the study

Over the next six months, the project team will work with children and young people with SEND their parents/carers and professionals to co-develop key priorities for the future to reduce the long-term effects of COVID-19 and lockdowns for these children.

Special educational needs and disabilities include a range of difficulties or conditions, including those relating to communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health difficulties, and physical/sensory needs, as well as those with disabilities and specific learning difficulties.

The study, funded by the National Institute of Health Research, is being led by researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Health Partners and a steering group of key stakeholders, parents and children and young people with SEND.

The study, which aims to inform policy and funding priorities both locally and nationally is entitled Ask, Listen, Act – Working Together to Inform the Provision of SEND Support for Children after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The surveys are now live as of June 16 and can be found on the link below for the next month and may be extended depending on uptake.

Visit the Act, Listen, Act study website.

Visit the Act, Listen, Act Twitter page.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email Dr Emma Ashworth at