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Key statistics revealed:

81% of parents said their sibling child’s mental health had worsened

43% of siblings were providing more care in lockdown

40% of young siblings were feeling isolated and missing support from family and friends

54% of parents said that respite or a break would have helped siblings cope

 

 

What parents said:

“It has been impossible to support my other children properly with schoolwork or even keep them safe. One of them suffered a near fatal accident as a result.”

“One class google meet a week!  As the sibling of autistic child no support whatsoever, I tried to get one or both into school but couldn’t”

No support offered at all despite announcing my sibling child’s brother was beginning another round of chemotherapy.  They didn’t even reply to my email.”

The siblings have missed out on support from me as their brother needs more help and they have never once complained.”

 

To read the full Lonely Lockdown report see here:

https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125424/

 

Press release here:

Sibs Press Release – Lonely Lockdown 080421

 

To read our previous report Life in Lockdown, see here:

Sibs report – Life in Lockdown (2)