The next phase of a crucial survey of young people in Scotland has been launched to track the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives, aspirations and wellbeing of young Scots.
This is the third #LockdownLowdown survey carried out since March 2020 and will focus on the education, employment prospects and mental health of young people, as well as involvement in youth work services.
The survey is a partnership between Young Scot, Scottish Youth Parliament and YouthLink Scotland, who together will analyse the results to help inform the Scottish Government’s future decision making process in relation to Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions. The survey closes on 31 May 2021.
The initial survey results, published in April 2020, revealed that 96% of young people were worried about the impact of coronavirus on their future, with 77% concerned about their mental health and wellbeing, while an updated report in May delivered detailed breakdowns of key demographics of Scotland’s young people.
A follow up survey in December last year revealed that finances and future employment now top the list of concerns for Scotland’s young people, with two in five young people having been placed on furlough due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey found that 39% of young people currently do not feel optimistic about their future employment prospects.