Co-SPACE Study – 2nd Update

We recently launched our Co-SPACE study to learn more about how families are coping with the challenges of COVID-19. We wanted to share our second update with findings from our first 5000 participants.

You can still join the study if you haven’t already – you can find more information here.

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Key Findings

Among our sample:

  • Nearly half the parents/carers thought that their child was concerned about family and friends catching the virus.

  • Around a third of parents/carers reported that their child was worried about missing school.

  • Work is the most frequent source of stress for parents, followed by their child’s emotional wellbeing.

  • Parents of children with special educational needs and neurodevelopmental disorders (SEN/ND) report higher levels of stress across all areas. 

  • While child behaviour is rarely a stressor for parents of non-SEN/ND children, it was frequently a stressor for parents of children with SEN/ND.

  • Parents working outside the home report particular stress around work, followed by their child’s wellbeing and education.

  • 80% of those who were previously receiving support from services have had this stopped or postponed during the pandemic.

  • Parents particularly want support around their child’s emotional wellbeing, education and coming out of social isolation.

  • Parents of children with SEN/ND would also like support around managing their child’s behaviour.

  • Parents/carers would value online written materials and videos, while parents with children with SEN/ND would also like online support from professionals.