England: Royal report on rise in parental loneliness, plus more support needed

11 January 2021

Only 10% of expectant parents took time to look after themselves before their baby was born, a third expect Covid to have a negative impact on their wellbeing, and parental loneliness increased from 38% to 63% during the pandemic.

These were some of the findings from a report commissioned by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It involved the views of more than half a million people from across the UK on the early years.

The report suggests that parents and carers need more support and advice to ensure good mental health and wellbeing as they raise young children, with 70% admitting to feeling judged by others.

It also highlighted that only one in four people recognised the specific importance of the period from 0 to five in achieving a healthy and happy adulthood.

At the report’s online launch, the Duchess of Cambridge emphasised her ambition for the early years and ‘other great social challenges’ to have equal footing.

She said that those years ‘are in fact about how we raise the next generation of adults. They are about the society we will become.’ 

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