Young people's rights and mental health during a pandemic: an analysis of the impact of emergency legislation in Scotland

McMellon, C. and Maclachlan, A. (2021) Young people's rights and mental health during a pandemic: an analysis of the impact of emergency legislation in Scotland. Young, 29(4_supp), S11-S34. (doi: 10.1177/11033088211032783)

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Abstract

Emerging evidence indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic and government measures put in place in response to this have had a detrimental impact on young people’s mental health. A children’s human rights-based approach was taken to examine the impact of the legislative and policy measures that were implemented in Scotland in response to the pandemic on children’s rights related to their mental health. Key concerns were identified around children’s rights to access mental health services and information, participation in decision-making and non-discrimination of vulnerable groups. Although the analysis focussed on Scotland, recommendations to protect these rights are likely to be relevant to other countries following similar approaches as lockdown restrictions are eased, or in the event that stricter local or national measures are required again to curb rising infection rates or subsequent wave(s).

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Adolescents, children’s rights, COVID-19, mental health, emergency legislation, pandemic, youth policy, young people.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maclachlan, Dr Alice and McMellon, Dr Christina
Authors: McMellon, C., and Maclachlan, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Young
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1103-3088
ISSN (Online):1741-3222
Published Online:12 September 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 SAGE Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group
First Published:First published in Young 29(4_suppl): S11-S34
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303369Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) NetworkJoanna InchleyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/S004351/1HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Complexity in healthMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/1HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)SPHSU14