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Scotland in Lockdown study recruiting participants

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 27th July 2020

Glasgow University study to explore how lockdown impacts on groups already experiencing isolation or societal exclusion.

A team based at Glasgow University are now launching a website and recruiting participants for research that explores how lockdown may be differently experienced by those who are already isolated or marginalised.

It focusses on four groups – those affected by:

  1. refugee and asylum processes and facing destitution;
  2. domestic abuse or sexual violence;
  3. disability or long-term health conditions; and,
  4. criminal justice control (e.g. in prison or community supervised).

A group of 17 partner organisations, including the ALLIANCE, are collaborating to help the study team learn about Covid-19 impacts in these communities.

The study aims to help inform Government efforts to prevent further hardship and inequalities and is led by Prof Sarah Armstrong of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and Dr Lucy Pickering of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, both part of Sociology at the University of Glasgow.

The team is now recruiting participants, aiming for at least 100 interviews. They are also preparing an online survey for organisations to capture the picture of the challenges and adaptations of those providing services to vulnerable groups. Those interested in learning more or participating can check out the project website https://scotlandinlockdown.co.uk (this link will take you away from our website), email scotlockdown@glasgow.ac.uk or call 07856998937.

The research will be conducted between now and the end of November, but the research team will provide regular updates and early findings briefings on the study website.

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