Barnardo’s care leaver survey

Charlotte Ramsden, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee, said:

“It is essential that all children and young people are supported to have the best possible health and wellbeing to help them become happy, productive citizens in our society. Ensuring that they receive the right support at the right time is one of the highest priorities for local authorities. This is particularly important for children and young people in our care and care leavers who may need support to help them overcome their difficult early life experiences. Both local authorities and NHS must have regard to their corporate parenting principles as outlined in the Children and Social Work Act.

“The majority of mental illnesses begin during childhood so there is a clear case for improving the effectiveness, availability and reach of child and adolescent mental health services. Although much focus has been placed on improving these services with the publication of Future in Mind, creation of the independent Mental Health Taskforce and campaigns to reduce the stigma around mental health – this has not always resulted in transformative action on the ground. We now need to see action from government to make improving these services a reality for all children and young people, particularly vulnerable care leavers.”

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