On March 20th 2020, all schools in Scotland closed and not long after we were asked to go into a prolonged period of lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a significant shift in the way we lead our lives and, in many ways, led us to change the way we see the world. For some they have enjoyed a slower pace of life and welcomed the opportunities for connection.
However, this period has also led to a loss of routine, structures, friendships, opportunities and freedoms for many alongside increased anxiety and uncertainty about our health and the health of others and of what the future might hold. It is clear that not only has this period increased the number of children and families facing difficult circumstances, it has also further exacerbated the situation for those who were already experiencing difficulties.