PRINCE WILLIAM candidly said children fail to understand what social distancing means and its importance in a recent chat to social care providers.
Prince William appeared to open up once again on his children during a poignant chat with five social care providers. Discussing the impact the nationwide lockdown is having on children suffering from learning disabilities and autism, one of the members of the staff at the Belfast Trust said: “Children with autism have really high baseline level of anxiety anyway, and they rely on structure and retain to help them manage their anxiety.
“So we have seen a spike in children’s anxiety because of the lockdown because they don’t understand what’s happening, it puts a huge strain on families at this time.”
She then moved on to praise care providers who have put themselves on the frontline during the pandemic, knowing social distancing with these children would have been impossible.
She said: “Social workers and the nursing staff I work with have been really heroic throughout all of this, because the children I work with don’t understand social distancing.”
Prince William admitted children don’t understand social distancing (Image: BELFAST TRUST)
Prince William and Kate have three children (Image: GETTY)
Prince William interrupted the expert giving a knowing laugh.
He added: “That’s all children, isn’t it?
“At any age, they don’t understand social distancing”.
Prince William voiced his support to frontline workers (Image: BELFAST TRUST)
Prince William spoke to members of the Belfast Trust, which delivers integrated health and social care across Belfast and Northern Ireland, to raise awareness on the issues social workers have been facing over the past months.
Joining in praising the frontline staff, doctors, nurses and people in social care, the Duke of Cambridge said: “It’s evident up and down the country, I think, how brilliant the frontline staff have been in terms of answering the call.
“And it’s indicative of all of them, they are so determined, they don’t want to let anybody down including their colleagues by giving them more work to do if they have to take some time off.
Prince William and Kate continue to support causes and charities close to their heart during the lockdown (Image: THE ROYAL FAMILY)
Prince William gives thanks to care workers for their efforts
“So I am worried about everyone in this long-term health.
“It is a hard-knock job as it is, let alone in the circumstance that you are all facing at the moment”.
Prince William already voiced his worries for the mental wellbeing of frontline staff and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to help people who every day face the threat of the virus to provide essential services to people, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, backed an initiative launched by mental health charities – Our Frontline.
Prince William is second in line to the throne (Image: EXPRESS)
This project provides round the clock support to key workers who are struggling with mental health.
But, during the call with the Belfast Trust, the Duke of Cambridge also voiced worries for young people who have been living with little to none social contact for almost two months.
He said: “I’m particularly worried as to how the young people are going to cope long term because we’re all muddling through this period.
“But the long-term implications – of school being missed, anxiety levels, family members sadly dying and the sort of general economic outlook – do you think that will play heavily on your services and what they’ll need?”
Prince William have backed the Our Frontline initiative (Image: OUR FRONTLINE)
Consultant psychiatrist Frances Doherty, who runs an inpatient mental health unit for teenagers, replied: “Interestingly, some of our referral rates have gone down but I would imagine that as we’re starting to come out of lockdown and people are starting to get back into the world again, [we’re] starting to realise just what we’ve been through and we’ll start to see our referral rate increase and the impact on our services.
“What I think has been really helpful is a lot of work has been done to think about how young people can care for themselves, how parents can care for them, to help them to survive and to thrive even through the pandemic.
“But I think it’s the other side of it that we’ll have all the challenges that you mentioned.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK