News ID: 209435
Published: 0525 GMT February 05, 2018

School is 'by far the biggest concern' for stressed children

School is 'by far the biggest concern' for stressed children
Stress at school increases as children get older too.

Two-thirds of children are stressed about life at secondary school while only a tenth are worried about social media.

A survey has also discovered that a third of pupils are unhappy at home with a quarter concerned about their weight, reported.

It is also disturbing that increasing numbers of children at nursery and primary school level are being treated at hospital for self-harming.

The study conducted by the charity Barnardo’s was released ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week.

Forty-two percent of children in this group, known as iGen or Generation Z, have been distressed about their future.

Social media concerns range from cyberbullying to their number of ‘likes’ on Facebook and Instagram.

Hospital admissions for self-harm by children aged three to nine has increased by 27 percent in England for the five years until 2017, according to figures from NHS Digital, with 13 percent in the year from 2016 alone.

At the same time, teachers say they are struggling to get help for the children who need it.

A separate survey by NAHT, the headteachers’ union, showed 56 percent who tried to get mental health support for their pupils found it ‘difficult’ and more than one in five failed.

Most cited a lack of NHS services or budget constraints. The Barnardo’s survey, carried out by Yugo, included 640 youngsters aged between 12 and 16 to identify some of the drivers to mental ill health.

It asked children about what made them sad or anxious and discovered their biggest concern — affecting two-thirds of this age group — was stress at school.

They were also worried about their future prospects.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said that children at school face a range of pressures through adolescence.

He said, “While social media is a worrying issue for some children, our polling shows stress at school is by far their biggest concern and increases as they get older.

“Its important children have support all the way through their school lives to deal with the different pressures facing them.

“Barnardo’s believes schools should work in partnership with parents and carers to spot problems early and teachers and professionals should be properly trained and resourced to support children.”

Meanwhile, more than a quarter of the children referred to specialist mental health services were not accepted last year — a total of more than 50,000 pupils, according to the Education Policy Institute.



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