Health and Wellbeing amongst Children and Young People during COVID-19: Survey Results

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch East Sussex launched a survey in mid-May 2020 to explore the direct and indirect impacts of the lockdown, social distancing measures and changes to services on the health and wellbeing of young people aged 11 to 18.

The survey found that most 11-18 year olds had connected with people virtually during the lockdown; they enjoyed spending more time with family and felt safe at home; most had issues coping with the worries related to Covid-19 crisis; those who had used digital healthcare felt that although it met their needs, they would prefer someone face-to-face in the future; most obtained information about Covid-19 through parents/carers/families; some had experienced changes or disruption to health services or treatment which had an impact on them; they were mostly confident about accessing health or care services for any treatment or worries that are not related to Covid-19.

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General details

Report title 
Health and Wellbeing amongst Children and Young People during COVID-19: Survey Results
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch East Sussex
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 14 July, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 22 May, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 5 June, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Digitalisation of services
Health and safety
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
This survey was developed in collaboration with staff from East Sussex County Council and members of the East Sussex Youth Cabinet in recognition of the limited focused engagement with young people during the lockdown.
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

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.