Public Health Wales commissioned Alma Economics to review the evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated government measures on the mental well-being of babies, children, and young people. The health repercussions of this new virus are relatively mild when it comes to children and young people (Alfvén 2020). However, the provisions and measures that were put in place to stop the spread—especially in terms of social isolation and school closure—are likely to affect the lives and well-being of the younger generation disproportionately at a crucial time in their emotional and physical development.
This report aims to carry out a thorough review of the evidence of issues relating to children and young people’s mental well-being up to the age of 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related factors and measures. It will provide a narrative synthesis that summarises the characteristics and findings of the literature.
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