The Childhood Trust said 40% of 65 London-based charities it surveyed will struggle to keep their doors open to vulnerable children without another source of income. It estimates more than 100,000 children could be left without key support, such as meals and mental health care. Of the 65 charities, which support around 184,000 children and young people, 90% said they are certain children will go hungry during the Covid-19 outbreak. And two thirds (66%) said they feel unprepared for an influx in young people needing support during the crisis. "For many of these children, the crisis is exacerbating chronic anxiety, stress, inadequate diets, domestic violence, loss of peer support and rapid mental health deterioration."
Source: Daily Mirror March 31, 2020 09:23 UTC