This survey is intended to inform forward planning for emotional health and wellbeing support
Report 1 (May-June 2020)
Some of the findings from the Children and Young People’s survey are:
Results show that there has been a change in young people’s thoughts, feelings and emotions from when lockdown was announced back in March, to now (June 2020).
The most prominent emotions at the start of lockdown for young people were sadness, worry and uncertainty concerning the risk of coronavirus on their own health and the health of family members; the impact on their education and future; and the inability to meet and socialise with friends and family.
Over time, young people have adjusted to the situation of lockdown and perceive it as the ‘new normal’. Many are content and happy to be in lockdown (70.1%), with increased feelings of safety and security (83.1%).
Furthermore, young people feel they are coping well with problems (63.2%) and feel they do not need emotional support (58.9%). However, feelings of boredom (73.7%), loneliness (48.7%), sadness and low mood (57.1%) have emerged since lockdown began and still equate to 50% or more of young people’s experiences.
However, there is still a large minority of young people who are not dealing with their problems (31.8%). The results show that more females are struggling to deal with their problems in comparison to males and regardless of gender, more under 16’s are struggling to manage.
Some findings from the Parents and Carers Survey
Similar to the findings from the young people’s survey, the results show that there has been a change in parents/carers thoughts, feelings and emotions from when lockdown was announced back in March, to now (June 2020).
The most prominent emotions at the start of lockdown for young parents/carers were feeling anxious/scared as a result of the risk that coronavirus may have on the health of their families, and the uncertainty of the situation. Alongside this, parents/carers felt increased levels of and stress, feeling unprepared and overwhelmed at the prospect of managing their home/school/work lifestyle in lockdown.
Like young people, parents/carers have adjusted to the situation of lockdown and perceive it as the ‘new normal’. 94.5% feel confident talking about coronavirus with their child/children and the majority feel supported enough to manage home-schooling (60.7%).
Over 75% of parents/carers have expressed positive experiences associated with lockdown including feeling safe and secure; feeling happy and content and enjoying the opportunity to spend more time as a family. Furthermore, parents/carers feel they are coping well with problems (82.3%) and feel they do not need emotional support (63.6%).
You can read the full results here CYPF Emotional health and wellbeing Covid 19 survey findings Report 1 (opens in a new tab)