(Molly Bruns, Holder USA) A recently published study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies revealed that children faced serious social and emotional development problems as a result of extreme lockdowns in the UK.
The report indicated that children aged four to seven were 52% more likely to have developmental problems than children aged 12 to 15. in accordance with Summit news.
Children whose parents were forced to take a leave of absence from their jobs were “significantly more likely to experience a worsening of their social-emotional skills than those whose parents had not been laid off (51% vs. 45%) “.
Andrew McKendrick, author of the study, commented on the fact that children of different demographic groups saw negative changes in their social skills.
“Kids experienced many changes during these years: school closures, lack of contact with friends and family, and potentially devastating serious illness or death among loved ones,” continued McKendrick, adding that the lockdowns have had “impacts multigenerational”.
Children’s Commissioner Rachel de Souza expressed concern for the long-term welfare of the thousands of children who have struggled through the pandemic.
“This study shows that the disruption that the pandemic caused in children’s development has been long-lasting,” de Souza added.
Arabella Skinner, a member of parent advocacy group UsForThem, noted that children’s welfare was not prioritized and they became “collateral damage”.
“It is an inevitable fact that many of our children’s development has been adversely affected by the restrictions of the pandemic,” Skinner said, adding that “the government must take action now: they must support all the services that support our children and ensure that this never happens again.”