Play Scotland is a member of the UK Children’s Play Policy Forum which has commissioned this COVID 19 and Play analysis and update. Information on the COVID 19 virus and its direct impact on children’s health and indirect impact (physical, mental, social) via curtailment of play outdoors is accumulating as research continues. The findings include concerns about the risks to children from outdoor play deprivation.
“Experts in child development and child psychiatry agree that children are experiencing multiple harms as a consequence of play deprivation. There has been a failure to properly assess the risks of collateral damage to children and adolescents.”