Maybe a bit contentious, left field or outright wacky? But worth a thought. Could supporting young people in residential care – not restricting anything, obviously this would have to be with their full consent and engagement – but supporting them to have even short breaks (even a week) from their game stations, mobile phones, social media in all forms, junk food ‘treats’, etc, really lead to significant improvements in their mental and emotional health? I would suggest it could, and would encourage our managers at Cove Care to discuss the findings of this article in their team meetings, young person meetings and training sessions, to see if there are any takeaways to work into care plans or home schedules.

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