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Our response to the Children’s Society's Good Childhood Report 2018

Release Date: 29 Aug 2018

Responding to the publication of the Children’s Society's Good Childhood Report 2018, which examines the state of children's well-being in the UK, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

The Children’s Society’s report supports my view that we are sleepwalking into a mental health crisis with too little being done too late to help vulnerable children and young people across the UK.

It’s truly devastating that so many children are so unhappy with their lives that they are self-harming. This is often an expression of a deeper problem, which is why early intervention is vital.

Barnardo’s wants to involve children in discussions about mental health before they have an issue. We run wellbeing programmes in schools, so children learn that stress, anger and other uncomfortable feelings are normal, along with techniques to help cope with them.

However, some children will still need specialist help.  It is unacceptable that 3 in 4 children with a diagnosable mental health condition do not get access to the support they need and the average waiting time for CAMHS services in England is six months for a first appointment and 10 months until the start of treatment..

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