EXPERTS have called for urgent action to protect children from the harm of lockdown, saying youngsters are being used in “an unethical mass experiment” and warning we are on the brink of a “national emergency”.
They are urging the Government to take urgent steps to examine and address the collateral damage that has been caused to children from issues such as school closures, lockdowns and social isolation as a result of the pandemic. One specialist is calling for a task force to be launched immediately and to remain in place for10 years, which would include experts in child abuse and neglect, childhood depression, suicide and anxiety, as well as physical, educational and developmental health.
Generation Lockdown is facing lower life expectancy, poverty, long-term mental health problems and higher suicide rates.
“We need to open schools urgently with an emphasis on play, socialising and fun. We also need to promote hope. Hopelessness, entrapment and defeat are key ingredients for suicidal crises and we have asked young people to live in circumstances that exacerbate these issues for nearly a year.UK children being used in ‘unethical mass experiment’ – demand for urgent action | UK | News | Express.co.uk