The ‘’Shout Line’ has reported a 10% increase in the number of people suffering from anxiety since the lockdown began and that young people and key workers are twice as likely to mention anxiety than other service users.
Government Will Test Children and Families for Coronavirus
Schools in England are scheduled to open on June 1st amid a fierce backlash from teachers unions, who have been backed by the British Medical Association, who have claimed that opening schools was not safe.
Gavin Williamson said that the government’s approach was based on the best scientific advice with children “at the very heart of everything we do”.
Leading Children’s Charities Warn of Underfunded Services
The leading charities have warned that because funding has decreased by £2.2 billion over the last decade, local authorities have been unable to pay for early intervention programmes to help families and children with issues before they escalate.
The charities said many local authorities are unprepared for further demand on their services and may even miss some vulnerable children “hidden” by the lockdown.