Yesterday I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Children and Mental Health services.
On average, children and young people must visit their GP three times before they get a referral for a specialist mental health assessment. They have to wait more than six months for treatment to start.
Not enough has been done to address the inadequacy of funding for services, or to reduce the number of children who don’t have access to mental health support at all.
The Government guaranteed that it would protect the healthy pupils fund – only to cut it by three quarters. This money was meant to ensure our schools were accessible to disabled children, to address mental health needs and promote a healthy start in life for all.
It is absolutely unacceptable that the fifth largest economy in the world can fail its most vulnerable children in this way.
I want to see every child get the best possible start in life – that is why I am urging the Government to provide real leadership, concrete solutions and properly funded services. At present they are failing children and young people on all three fronts.