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Changes in children’s mental health symptoms from March 2020 to June 2021

Key findings 

Based on parent/carer reports within the Co- SPACE sample:

  • On average, behavioural, emotional, and attentional difficulties decreased as COVID-19 related restrictions eased from February to April 2021. They remained relatively stable between April and June (the month-to-month change was not statistically significant).
  • The decrease in symptoms since February was especially pronounced for primary school aged children (4-10 years old).
  • On average, children with SEN/ND and those from low-income households have not shown this post-lockdown recovery and have continued to have elevated mental health symptoms.