The Effects of Isolation on Children

The Effects of Isolation on Children

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has led to an immediate and chronic fallout of negative effects on the mental health and wellbeing of children and parents across Australia.

Social distancing restrictions and lockdown measures have resulted in substantial numbers of children experiencing a range of losses in their daily lives.

Reflective of this upheaval, the absence of their ability to play with friends during lockdown was acutely experienced by 8 out of 10 children.

On top of this more than two-thirds of children missed their grandparents and extended family. The loss of face to face school and sporting activities was also significant for many children.

This demonstrates the need for governments at all levels to have a stronger focus on parental well-being and family functioning as critical enablers of child well-being during COVID-19 and beyond.