Today’s children and young people are growing up in a time of austerity which is directly affecting their physical and mental health.
They are the victims of huge cuts in social care services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Schools see support services failing around them.
Young people are waiting for months to access counselling services as thresholds for intervention have risen to the point where children have to be assessed as suicidal before they can get help.
In December, the Committee of Public Accounts (CPA) warned that pupils with mental health conditions are being failed by the NHS. Only three in 10 received treatment in 2017/18 and many more face unacceptably long waits.
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