We take it for granted that the government has data on everything that's important. But right now, they're not counting the number of children who've been abused and need support.
This means some children are left without any help at all.
As a society, if we don't know exactly how many children are missing out, we can't do everything we can to help. So it's essential we find out.
Because every child deserves the best chance to get their life back on track after abuse.
It's time to demand change
We're calling on the Department of Health to make this happen. But we need your help.
With your support we can:
Count every child
With our petition, we can make it a requirement to count every child who has been abused and needs support. This will show where the gaps are in services.
See where services are needed
We can build a picture of where more services are needed so every child has access to the essential therapeutic support they need.
Support children's mental health
And we can support every child's mental health when they need us most. So that all children are safe, healthy and can achieve everything they're capable of.
It's time to listen
"There are only so many times you can be left waiting, told you don't meet the criteria for support, or told that the help you need doesn't exist before you start to think you're unimportant, or even that you deserved the abuse."
"As children and young people who have experienced abuse, we want to be treated gently and with respect - we’re still ‘normal’ young people, please help us recover and lead fulfilled lives."
"After abuse your mind can become like a prison. You always see the same walls - the same things preventing you from moving on. But when you get the right help it sets you free. Knowing the right key is there gives you hope."
Speak up for children
We know that up to 90% of children who've experienced abuse at an early age will develop mental health issues by the time they're 181. But with your help, we can change this.
Why we're campaigning
We're all responsible for ensuring children are safe, healthy and can achieve everything they're capable of. But when children are abused or neglected, it can lead to issues like depression, severe behaviour problems and even suicidal thoughts.
Providing the right support at the right time helps children get back on track. Support can be the difference between a life defined by abuse and or a child reaching their potential.
Yet, when they come forward, too many are left without the support they desperately need.
That's why we're calling for:
- increased funding for support services for children who've suffered abuse
- government to produce clear guidelines on when a child should be offered therapeutic support
- more research into the scale of the problem, as well as what type of support works best.
How this affects young people
Getting the right support early is vital if children are to recover from abuse
96% say support for children after abuse "inadequate"
It’s Time: campaign report
We’re more than just a number
Mental health issues are a risk facing children who have been abused
Mental health reforms failing children who've been abused
Mental health problems most common reason to contact ChildLine
1Sroufe, L. A. et al. (2005) The development of the person: the Minnesota study of risk and adaptation from birth to adulthood.