Report: One in SIX children struggling with their mental health

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31-01-21 11:41:00, One in SIX children are now struggling with their mental health because of school closures and Covid-19 lockdown, new report says

  • Report has urged government to set out roadmap to help schools reopen
  • It said teenagers and children are losing their way in the coronavirus pandemic
  • Children’s Commissioner reported a spike in referrals to NHS services in autumn 
  • The analysis came amid wrangling between the Government and opposition parties over the lack of any timetable for children to return to their classrooms 

By Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 19:00 EST, 27 January 2021 | Updated: 02:22 EST, 28 January 2021

One in six children are suffering difficulties with mental health as a result of the lockdowns and school closures, a report said yesterday.

It said teenagers and children are losing their way in the pandemic as parents attempt to help with online learning while doing their own jobs.

The report from Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield urged the Government to set out a roadmap to help schools reopen.

One in six children are suffering difficulties with mental health as a result of the lockdowns and school closures, a report said yesterday. Pictured: A boy is assisted with his online schoolwork by his mother as homeschooling continues due to school closures, January 27

It said: ‘A staggering one in six children now have a probable mental health condition… it is highly likely that the level of underlying mental health problems will remain significantly higher as a result of the pandemic.’

The Children’s Commissioner said there had already been a spike in referrals to NHS services in the autumn and called for a rapid re-opening of schools.

The analysis came amid wrangling between the Government and opposition parties over the lack of any timetable for children to return to their classrooms.

The report continued: ‘The major disruption to two years of education, alongside the limited opportunities to see friends and wider families, to play and enjoy activities and the worry about the impact of Covid on their families, will have taken a heavy toll on some children.’

‘Even before this crisis, children’s mental health services were far from meeting the existing level of need.

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