Sunil Bhopal and Delan Devakumar: Damage of the lockdown for children and young people – let’s choose a different path

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Dr Sunil Bhopal, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics, Newcastle University Dr Delanjathan Devakumar, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, UCL   Children are fortunately minimally affected by COVID-19. Despite early reports of a new inflammatory syndrome, children are much more likely to be severely unwell or die from illnesses that we consider ‘normal’, including influenza […]

Dr Maria Loades: Lockdown loneliness in children and young people may continue to impact on mental health for years to come

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Guest Reachwell blog: Dr Maria Loades, University of Bath. Loneliness is the painful feeling we experience when our actual social contacts are different from what we desire them to be1. In the COVID context, lockdown loneliness seems to have been a particular problem for young people, more than any other age group 2,3,4. This is […]

Prof Tamsin Ford: Challenges for children’s services as Lockdown eases

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by Tamsin Ford Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University of Cambridge 13/7/2020 Prior to Lockdown, specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were under severe strain with lengthy waiting lists despite rejecting 25% of referrals.1 Only a quarter2 of school-age children with impairing mental health conditions access CAMHS, while the most commonly approached […]

COVID-19 Lockdown: The impact on education

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by Dr Darren Moore, University of Exeter and Prof Neil Humphrey, University of Manchester Research on ‘summer learning loss’ shows a marked reduction in attainment following sustained periods of absence.1  During lockdown, schools worked quickly to make learning available remotely for the majority of pupils, but access has proven to be challenging and engagement is […]

Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The impact of the pandemic, lockdown and school closures on adolescent social development

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Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge   Most children and young people have missed at least 10 weeks of face-to-face schooling, and many students (especially teenagers) are still unable to return to their classrooms. This has created vast inequalities in education, with a large number of […]

Prof Uta Frith: What can science say about the consequences for society of children missing out on schooling for 6 months?

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Professor Uta Frith DBE FRS FBA FmedSci Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London   As this has never happened before we have to draw on evidence from a time when school education was not compulsory. The simple facts are that free universal education provided such obvious benefits, for health, for social equality and […]