Research commissioned by the inquiry into the Scottish Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has found that the health and wellbeing of children in Scotland is “amongst some of the lowest in Europe“.
The report, produced by The University of Edinburgh, looked into the delivery of education and certification during the pandemic, and the impact this played on children and young people.
Research from the inquiry found that the impact of Covid contributed to mental health difficulties, which has in turn exacerbated “increasing trends in poor physical health” and has produced a “setback for children in Scotland”.
The report read: “Latest evidence shows that the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland is amongst some of the lowest in Europe.
“Physical health issues contribute to high prevalence of mental health difficulties experienced by young people.