Karen Bradley MP, Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, and Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care, joined me in speaking at the launch. MPs also heard first-hand from young people who have helped shape the campaign.
More children than ever are coming forward to tell somebody about the abuse they have suffered but every child's bravery to come forward must be met with the right support. And for many of our most vulnerable children, that support is not available.
We welcome the government's commitment to invest £1.4 billion into children's mental health services. But I must also stress that this money can only be spent once. It is crucial that a portion is made available for abused children.
Government backing of our calls would:
- increase funding for support services for children who've suffered abuse
- produce clear guidelines on when a child should be offered therapeutic support
- increase research into the scale of the problem, as well as what type of support works best.
We know that government recognises the importance of giving children the right support. But without a clear commitment to children who have experienced abuse, we worry that they will continue to fall by the wayside.