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COVID-19: Managing risk when returning to school

Heather Henry discusses how to protect children’s mental and physical wellbeing in the classroom

Schools have been closed for many months and parents have taken over the supervision of home schooling, often juggling this with working from home. The impact on children has been huge:Young Manchester, a charity supporting children and young people’s development undertook a review1 in March 2020 of the state of the youth and play sectors. In summary it concluded:

‘Without prompt, significant and sustained support and investment into the sector, the pandemic will result in serious and long-term damage to children and young people’s lives.’ The report stresses the importance of a co-ordinated response to ‘build back better’ which will include the need for nurses working with children and young people in whatever setting, to play their part.

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