See our response to today's NAO Report.

Posted by / Tuesday 09 October 2018 /
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Director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, Imran Hussain, said: “Exposing a lack of ambition and urgency, today’s report paints a disappointing picture of the government’s progress on its much-trumpeted plans for children’s mental health services.

“Every day at Action for Children we see more and more young people struggling to cope with serious and complex issues often after experiencing trauma, abuse or domestic violence. Higher demand is putting huge pressure on already over-stretched services which means help is often too little, too late – with some children waiting more than a year for professional support.
“We welcome plans to increase support over the next three years, but the current target for an additional 70,000 children and young people each year to access NHS-funded mental health services does not go far enough. It’s clear the Government is failing to grasp the scale of the crisis. The only way to halt the growing threat to children’s mental health is to ensure preventative help services are put in place now.”

ENDS

Imran Hussain is available for interviews today, please contact Huw Beale at Action for Children – 07718 114 038 / [email protected]

Out of hours:   07802 806 679 / [email protected]

NOTES TO EDITOR

  • HOW ACTION FOR CHILDREN WORKS: Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, fostering and adoption, supporting disabled children, and by campaigning tirelessly to make life better for children and families. With over 550 services the charity improves the lives of more than 300,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. actionforchildren.org.uk

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