Latest demographic breakdown indicates learning loss risk for young people in deprived areas

The latest demographic breakdown of #LockdownLowdown responses indicates that young people in areas of higher deprivation are at a higher risk of learning loss, compounded by the fact that they are less likely to attend youth groups.

Undertaken by Young Scot in partnership with YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Youth Parliament, #LockdownLowdown seeks to understand the ongoing impact that Covid-19 restrictions have had on young people's development in Scotland through a number of national surveys.

The initial phase three report, published in July 2021, highlighted that 50% of young people found learning from home was more difficult during the second school closure. However, the latest breakdown of the data reveals that young people in higher areas of deprivation were more likely to suffer learning loss, with 58% finding the second closure more difficult, compared to only 39% of young people in affluent areas.

To compound the issue, young people in areas of higher deprivation were actually less likely to attend youth work activities - with 25% of young people in the most deprived areas attending, compared to 40% in the least deprived areas. The survey also found that young people in the most deprived areas were the least likely to attend in person.

Residents in lower areas of deprivation were also much more likely to agree that they felt good about their physical and mental health.

Other findings from the report include:

  • Older respondents were more likely to agree youth work had a role in supporting young people through lockdown (55% of 18+ compared to 41% aged 11-12)
  • Non-binary respondents more likely to agree youth work has a role to play (46% compared to 34% male and 35% female)
  • Young carers were more likely to agree youth work has a role to play (46% compared to 34%)
  • Care-experienced young people more likely to agree youth work has a role to play (49% compared to 34%)
  • Minority ethnic respondents were less likely to agree that youth work has a role to play (26% compared to 37% of white respondents)

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