The emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 11-25 during the Covid 19 Pandemic

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bexley decided to research the health and wellbeing of young people, working with Bexley Youth Council and Active Horizons.  They spoke to 147 children and young people, the majority of whom live in the London Borough of Bexley (LBB), aged 11-25.

They found that many of the children and young people who completed our survey have experienced anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness during the pandemic. They were fearful of catching Covid-19 and passing it to family and friends particularly as they returned to educational settings. They told us of their concerns about their education, missing course work and exams and worries they had about future employment.

However, a smaller group of young people told us they preferred home schooling and felt less pressure, enjoying being at home with family. The desire to return to normal or that things would never return to normal was also a concern.

Both HeadScape and Kooth, are online services available to children and young people in Bexley. However, our report found that awareness of these services was low amongst the children and young people who completed our survey. Indicating that more regular promotion is needed to increase awareness and use.

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General details

Report title 
The emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 11-25 during the Covid 19 Pandemic
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bexley
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 14 April, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 November, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 31 January, 2021
Key themes 
Access
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Survey
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
N/A

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
147
Age group 
1-15 years
16-17 years
18-24 years
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.