Autumn Statement: what it means for children's mental health

Almost a quarter of children are being turned away from mental health services

boy scarf over mouthIn today’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor spoke about a country that works for everyone, however the Government has again missed the opportunity to show it is making progress on a country that works for vulnerable children, and the mental health crisis they face.

More must be done to ensure that these children can get the help they so desperately need. 

That's why through our It’s Time campaign we are calling on the Government to provide improved mental health support for children who have experienced abuse.

Funding pledged for children's mental services fails to make it to the frontline

We have welcomed the £1.4bn funding that the Government previously pledged for children’s mental health services. But with a recent report  finding that already this money is failing to make it to frontline services and almost a quarter of children are being turned away, it is clear that more is now needed to tackle the problem.

It is disappointing that the Government has not protected funding and given these vital services greater priority.

We know that early intervention is vital when children are facing mental health issues – too often, help only comes when a child is already self-harming or is on the brink of suicide. We have seen a surge in calls to Childline about mental health issues in the past year, with children struggling to get access to services, and we also know that 9 in 10 children who suffered abuse at an early age will go on to develop mental health issues by the time they are 18.

In today’s Autumn Statement the Government also highlighted investment in digital infrastructure. As technology continues to develop we would also urge the Government to keep pace with the need to protect children from online abuse.