Families in Newham: impacts of COVID-19

Study overview

Over the next 18 months, Newham will be participating in a study to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on families in the borough.

The study is being run by University London College (UCL) and will examine the social, economic and health impacts of COVID-19 on pregnant women and families with children between 0-5 years. Findings from this study will help us better understand the impact of the pandemic on our community and help us plan for recovery.

‘COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the lives of Newham residents. The information provided by participants through this research study will help us better understand the types of challenges families are facing and how we can best support our residents through this pandemic - both now and into the future.’ Jason Strelitz Director of Public Health.

We are looking to recruit 2,000 families, including 200 pregnant women to complete a survey. The eligibility criteria to participate are:  

  • Living in Newham with a postcode beginning E3, E6, E7, E12, E13, E15, E16, E20 
  • Pregnant woman or  
  • A mother, father or guardian of a child under five years of age.

The easiest way to complete the survey is online. You can also complete the survey over the phone by calling Newham Council’s Family Information Service team on 020 3373 0980. If you would prefer to complete the survey face to face, or require a translator, please the team know and we can organise this for you.


If you agree to take part in the study, everything you say and the information you provide will be kept confidential. It will be stored safely and securely and will only be available to the UCL research team. Any findings from the survey will be anonymised so you cannot be identified. 
Families who complete the survey will receive a £10 shopping voucher to say thank you.


The study is about becoming and being a parent and the social, economic and health impacts of COVID-19. We know that Newham’s residents have been severely affected by the pandemic and that families are experiencing a wide range of challenges related to health and wellbeing; employment; debt; housing; childcare responsibilities; accessing support services, and more. Findings from this study will help us understand these needs in more detail. This will help strengthen our response and recovery plans so that we can more effectively respond to the needs of families in Newham.

Study aims

  • Understand how families including those defined as vulnerable deploy their interpersonal, economic and social resources to manage risks associated with living in lockdown restrictions and its aftermath. 
  • Provide new and detailed knowledge to support service delivery in the local authority to promote economic regeneration, social cohesion and address polarised inequalities.
  • Seek evidence of localised adoption and potential of peer, familial and community mutual aid strategies that aid personal and structural recovery pathways as well as identifying need.


  • A qualitative survey of 2,000 Newham families, including 200 pregnant women, and mothers/fathers of children aged 0-5. To be carried out in summer 2020 and repeated after six months.
  • A longitudinal qualitative panel of approximately 20 Newham families. The interview will explore family and community impact in-depth. To be carried out Autumn/Winter 2020, with follow-up six months later. 
  • Desk-based research to map changes to support services available to families (i.e. service mapping), including the emergence of new forms of support (e.g., mutual aid).

This study will also run in the neighbouring borough of Tower Hamlets. Collectively, findings will help government, Newham Council and services get a better picture of the impact of the pandemic on our communities and help us plan for recovery.


Professor Claire Cameron, Research Lead at UCL
Hanan Huari, Project Researcher at UCL
Katie Hollingworth, Project Researcher at UCL
Ashlee Teakle, Project Lead for Newham Council [email protected]

You can also access the survey by scanning the QR code below.

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