Jersey’s Children’s Commissioner is going to monitor the return to school of the island’s children to ensure education bosses are properly looking after their wellbeing.

It follows a survey of thousands of children which showed almost half were feeling worried as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

10%

of primary school aged children were affected by anxiety.

The study, completed by 2,105 children, covered questions about their family, environment, education, and physical and mental health.

Education bosses have confirmed additional wellbeing checks and lessons will be a priority from 8 June, as schools begin their phased reopening.

In a direct message to young people, the Children’s Commissioner Deborah McMillan said:

Education was a big theme, both in terms of worries about missed time in the classroom and also the excitement and trepidation about the return to school. As Children’s Commissioner, I will continue to monitor the way that the Government supports you and respects your rights. I will make sure that you have time to adapt to each stage of this process as it happens, and that you have all the help and information you need along the way.

Deborah McMillan, Jersey's Children's Commissioner