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How lockdown is affecting children and young people

Our research has shed light on the impact of recent events on children and young people across Britain, six months after the UK went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year has been hard for us all, but for many children and young people already vulnerable or at risk, life over the last few months has become even harder. That’s why we need your help.

 

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Isolation, anxiety and worry may well be universal during the Covid-19 pandemic, but, coupled with the challenges faced by those already experiencing disadvantage, their effects are much greater.

  • Our research shows that 94% of children and young people have had cause to feel worried, sad or anxious in the last six months.
  • More than half of parents (54%) feel that lockdown has had a negative effect on their child’s overall happiness and wellbeing

 

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Over half of parents feel the last six months has damaged their child's future

Restricted access to essential, everyday support means the physical and mental health of children and young people is at risk, as are their aspirations and prospects for the future.

  • Over half of the parents in our survey (58%) feel that the events of the last six months (since lockdown) will have a negative effect on their child’s future career and education prospects
  • Three in ten children and young people (30%) feel it will be harder to get the job or career they want after the pandemic

 

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Children from less affluent backgrounds face more anxiety about food and bills

Every one of us has been affected by the pandemic, but children and young people from less affluent backgrounds are affected even more. Everyday challenges are increasingly complex, and their potential impact can be life changing.

Children and young people from less affluent backgrounds were more likely to face anxiety than those from more affluent backgrounds due to concerns about having enough money for food and bills (19% vs 8%).

Similarly their mental health (30% vs 11%) and poor health and fitness (24% vs 8%) were also more likley to be affected.

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