Eight in 10 of the children and young people who were supported by mental health charity Place2Be last year said they felt anxiety in social situations; 65% said they had difficulties with peer interactions.
Place2Be works with schools across the country supporting whole-school mental health and offering targeted counselling. It reaches more than 240,000 pupils a year.
The data was collected as part of the assessment that takes place when a child or young person is referred via school, parent, or self-referral for in-school counselling with Place2Be.
However, it reflects what many schools have reported anecdotally – that Covid-19 lockdown and regular self-isolation have had a negative impact on friendships and classroom connections. A key priority for many schools since has been helping pupils improve their social skills and interactions.
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