The nation is facing a mental health crisis among young people who fear for their well-being since the start of the coronavirus restrictions.
More than half of all children (51 percent) in the UK between the ages of 4 – 16 have expressed concern about those in the Midlands who are most at risk, according to research.
Almost a quarter of parents (24 percent) say their children’s mental health has noticeably declined this year.
According to the study, those who went through their GCSE studies (15-16 years), as well as those 4-7 years old, suffered the most, with 26 percent of parents with children in those age groups reporting their mental health deterioration was noticeable .
The troubling findings, released by High Speed Training, come at a time when tougher lockdown measures have been rolled back, keeping schools open but imposing restrictions on social and leisure activities.
Hardest hit was the Midlands region, where 40 percent of parents expressed concern that their children’s mental well-being had deteriorated.
Catherine Talbot, education sector analyst at High Speed Training, said: “It is extremely worrying to see the impact of UK lockdown measures on children’s mental health.
Ofsted’s recent report examining the damage caused by the pandemic further supports the unfortunate findings as it reveals that education leaders have noted a decline in students’ concentration and mental and physical stamina since their return to school .
“Education professionals must work together to ensure that extra care is taken to protect the well-being of those currently in school so that children are not permanently affected as a result of these exceptionally difficult times.”
To support those seeking additional training and information about protecting children’s mental health, High Speed Training has a range of free online resources available.