State of Play


Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, March 2021

To understand the impact of the pandemic on children and how they play, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) polled 2,543 parents of children aged between five – 11 years old, from across the UK.

More than half of UK parents (61%) say that the pandemic has gifted them more time to play with their children and the same proportion say it has helped boost family bonds, reveals a new ‘State of Play’ report released by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity).

At a time when kids face huge levels of uncertainty, three-quarters (74%) of parents say that play has “helped their child cope” as the world around them has changed beyond recognition. But more than a year on from the start of the pandemic, parents say the loss of their kid’s freedom to play with friends and wider family is taking its toll, with two thirds (66%) voicing concern about the long term impact this will have on their child’s wellbeing.


Children and young people
This report, by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at what  families need to provide a minimum socially acceptable standard of living for their children.
Download GOSH State of Play report

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