The nation is facing a mental crisis among young people who have feared for their wellbeing since the coronavirus restrictions began.
Research has shown that more than half of all children (51 percent) in the UK aged 4 to 16 have raised concerns, with those in the Midlands being most at risk.
Almost a quarter of parents (24 percent) indicated that their children’s mental health had declined noticeably this year.
According to the study, both those who went through their GCSE studies (ages 15-16) and those ages 4-7 have suffered the most. 26 percent of parents with children in these age groups said they saw theirs Mental health is visibly deteriorating.
The worrying results released by High Speed Training come at a time when tougher lockdown measures have again been put in place, with schools remaining open but restrictions on social and recreational activities.
Worst hit was the Midlands region, with 40 percent of parents expressing concerns that their children’s mental wellbeing has deteriorated.
Catherine Talbot, Education Sector Analyst at High Speed Training, said: “It is extremely worrying to see the impact of lockdowns in the UK on children’s mental health.
“Ofsted’s latest report on the damage caused by the pandemic further supports the unfortunate results, as it shows that school principals have noticed a decline in student concentration and mental and physical stamina since returning to school.
“Education professionals must work together to take extra care to protect the well-being of those currently in school so that the children do not have a lasting impact during these exceptionally challenging times.”
To assist those seeking additional training and information on protecting children’s mental health, High Speed Training offers a number of free online resources.