20 May 2020
The British Psychological Society welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement of additional funding to support children under 11 years old with their mental and emotional wellbeing.
The announcement also pledges further welcome support for the mental health and wellbeing of the school workforce.
Younger children are often overlooked when it comes to policy decisions, so this additional funding will go some way to addressing that issue.
We also welcome the additional funding released to provide support for teachers and other school staff.
Sarb Bajwa, chief executive of the BPS, said:
“Navigating the return to school will be a challenge for many children, families and all school staff, so we welcome this move that shows the Welsh Government are thinking about the impact that lockdown has had on children’s psychological needs as well as their education.
Over the last few months we have seen these needs grow significantly as children deal with anxiety, transition, exams, loss and the return to school.
We need a comprehensive plan across the whole of the UK for how children’s mental health and psychological welllbeing will be supported, both now and in the longer-term, including the needs of under-fives.
Teachers and school leaders have a crucial role to play to ensure that children’s physical, cognitive and emotional needs are met in an environment that helps the whole school community promote good mental health and wellbeing.”
The BPS has issued guidance for children, parents, carers and the wider public on steps to protect their psychological wellbeing during and after the Coronavirus pandemic.