The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on society and the communities we live and work in. This impact is particularly stark for children, families and those already experiencing poverty and disadvantage. As the coronavirus situation has developed, community organisations have quickly adapted. They have changed how they deliver their services and support their communities, especially their most vulnerable citizens.

The work of the CNS team has also changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As well as providing direct support for CNS sites where possible – by, for example, the provision of resources or collating and sharing local response information – we are also undertaking COVID-19 research in partnership with our colleagues at Policy Scotland and The Network for Social and Educational Equity.

Exploring Local Responses to COVID-19

This research study is now underway to explore and understand the impact of COVID-19 on families with children, and how services and organisations are responding to it. We will look at the experiences of a variety of services and organisations dealing with COVID-19, taking in the perspectives of families. The research will be carried out across a number of CNS sites using a range of methods. It will seek to gather the views and insights of those who provide and deliver services in communities.

The series of documents below share emerging insights from the research to date:

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CNS Blogs & Resources

Over the course of the ‘lockdown’, CNS have produced a collection of blogs and resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic:

COVID-19: Exploring Local Responses

Can ‘place-based’ work continue at a distance?

Local Support and Services: Bridgeton & Dalmarnock

Emerging from Lockdown: Perspectives on ‘easing’ from 5 countries

The Capabilities Approach: ‘A Family of Theories’

CNS Annual Report 2019/20