Urgent action needed to support children who've been abused
Our latest research has found that more than 1 million children in England who've been abused or neglected are living in an area with inadequate planning to support their mental health needs.
Using a traffic light system, we analysed the latest annual plans published by NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) on how they will care for vulnerable children's mental health. Of the 195 CCGs in England:
- 146 were rated amber - some recognition of the increased vulnerability of groups of children and young people to mental health problems
- 21 were rated red - no recognition of the increased mental health needs of vulnerable children and young people (including those who have been abused)
- 7 failed to produce plans at the time the research was conducted, in line with the deadlines set by NHS England.
This means an estimated 1.3 million abused children are living in an area with either inadequate plans for their mental health needs, or no plans at all1.