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.

The impact of COVID-19 on families, children and young people in Glasgow

This research explores the unequal impacts of COVID-19 and how these have been experienced by families, children and young people in high poverty neighbourhoods in Glasgow. Below is a full report and analysis of the data collected, as well as three briefing papers giving an overview of the key sections in the report: the impact on family wellbeing, local service responses, and collaboration. These summarise the main findings of the report and suggest priorities for future action.

Impact of COVID-19: Glasgow Report 2020

Download the full report.

Family Wellbeing

This briefing focusses on learning in relation to family wellbeing during and after ‘lockdown’. 

Local Service Responses

This briefing focusses on learning in relation to how local service providers have responded to the crisis. 


This briefing examines learning in relation to the enablers and barriers to collaboration between services working in high poverty neighbourhoods.

Exploring Local Responses to COVID-19

This research study sought to explore and understand the impact of COVID-19 on families with children, and how services and organisations responded to it. We looked at the experiences of a variety of services and organisations dealing with COVID-19, taking account of the perspectives of families. The research was carried out across a number of CNS sites using a range of methods. 

The series of short documents below share the emerging insights from the research as it was conducted over the lockdown period. These are explored and analysed in more detail in the reports and briefings above.

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CNS Blogs & Resources

Over the course of the ‘lockdown’, CNS 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’

Report: Moving from vulnerability to resilience in the COVID-19 recovery phase

CNS Response to Social Renewal Advisory Board’s ‘Call for Ideas’ (October 2020): What needs to change to build a Fairer Scotland, learning from the response to the COVID pandemic?

CNS Annual Report 2019/20