We are a group of UK academics who work with children and adolescents. We are concerned about the lack of focus on the needs of this age group, from tots to teens, in policy making during the pandemic. We provide scientific evidence that might help to redress this imbalance.
Child and adolescent self-harm/suicide. (Chair.)
Child Psychiatry. Neuroscience. (Co-Chair.)
Population health paediatrics.
Adolescent brain/social cognitive development.
Clinical Child Psychology. Anxiety prevention and treatment.
Child and adolescent health. Public Health.
Child psychology, play and child mental health, parenting.
Child Psychiatry. Epidemiology. Mental health in schools.
Psychology of Education. Social/emotional learning.
Suicide, self-harm, epidemiology and public health.
Childhood trauma and adversity.
School mental health. Special educational needs.
Play, education, development and learning.
Children and Young People’s Mental Health.
REACHWELL is dedicated to:
Using joint expertise to point to research that shows potential risks and harms of lockdowns and social distancing explained in a simple way.
Providing succinct summaries of scientific evidence relating to the impact of lockdowns and social distancing on development, social interaction, learning/education, play, domestic and gang violence, safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing (and associated risk factors), self-harm and suicide. Reports will also highlight inequalities experienced in these areas.
We hope this evidence will be taken into account when making decisions about lockdowns and social distancing, and will highlight the need to prioritize children and adolescents.
Contact: Prof Ellen Townsend