‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’

Mental health is very important for everyone. Children in care need it to be taken care of because of the barriers they already face. It is important to have any problems addressed promptly so they don’t get worse. We want these kids to be successful when they grow up.

Key Takeaways:

  • Almost half of children in the care system have a diagnosable mental health disorder, according to statutory guidance published in 2015.
  • There should be “a presumption” among those working in the sector that all children in care should receive support for their mental health.
  • The care system has been too focused on child safeguarding in the past and not enough on helping children recover from traumatic upbringings.

“Looked-after children are four times more likely than their non-looked after peers to have a mental health condition.”