It's time to demand that every child receives vital help
All too often therapuetic services are only offered to children after abuse if they're suicidal, self-harming or developing chronic mental health problems.
In a survey of more than 1,000 professionals working with children after abuse, over 50% said that tight criteria to access local NHS mental health services means these children are increasingly struggling to access vital help.
In many cases, children have to wait over 5 months to get specialist support. And some of those surveyed said that help for children who had been abused was not seen as a priority.