A report looking at children in foster care in the UK has identified that almost half have a diagnosable mental health condition. Many of these children are turned away from treatment or experience a significant delay in treatment being offered because they move foster placements.
The report makes a number of recommendations and says that children in care should be given priority access and never refused this on the basis of their placement or severity of their condition.
The report urges: -better mental health assessments of children entering care -better mental health support for care leavers -better integration of services for children in care, with more focus on mental health -more mental health training for teachers, foster carers and children's home staff -a bigger voice for children in care on the services they receive -better research on the prevalence of mental illness in children A government spokesman said: "Children in care have often lived through traumatic experiences, and it is vital they receive the support they need. "That's why we are putting a record £1.4bn into children and young people's mental health, and investing in better links between these services and schools.