It’s Time campaign launches today, calling for substantial improvement in support available to abused children

Posted by / Wednesday 27 January 2016 / Child neglect

Today, the NSPCC has launched a major new campaign, It’s Time, calling for substantial improvements in the support available to children who have been abused.

A UK-wide survey by the NSPCC has revealed that more than half of professionals working with abused children say tight criteria to access local NHS mental health services means these children are increasingly struggling to access vital help. In an effort to increase support for survivors, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the barriers abused children face getting help to rebuild their lives – and call for improved access to therapeutic services that meet their specific needs.  The campaign wants initially to rally at least 100,000 members of the public to support its cause and supporters are being asked to exert pressure on MPs and Ministers, in order to get funding prioritised for this vulnerable and forgotten group.

"We know that children are often left alone to deal with the corrosive emotional and psychological consequences of appalling abuse and that all too often they face long waits for help with their trauma, or the services offered aren’t appropriate for children whose lives have been turn upside down by their experiences: this must change."

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive

Action for Children run eight projects for children across England and Wales that support and treat children, young people and their families who've been affected by sexual abuse. We also campaign and work with the government to make sure that forthcoming changes to the law in no way criminalise vulnerable parents and support children.
By monitoring, evaluating, campaining and contributing to research, we can help tackle child abuse head on.

Action for Children firmly support NSPCC’s campaign and the belief that all children should have access to the support that they need. You can help support the It’s Time campaign on social media using #ItsTime, visit the NSPCC website or sharing the public campaign action on your blogs, newsletters and other channels.

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