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Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
Child sexual abuse is on the rise in the UK with the NSPCC announcing a 31% increase in police referrals in 2017 compared to the previous year. Worryingly, this is just the tip of the iceberg as child sexual abuse is widely under-reported. My research has revealed that a major…
Young people are leading an in-depth Scottish Government study into child and adolescent mental health services. Between 15 and 20 people aged 14 and 22 will be recruited, from a variety of backgrounds, as part of the new youth commission on mental health services. It comes as mental health minister…
The number of young people contacting Childline about child sexual exploitation rose by a third last year. The charity delivered 3,122 counselling sessions to children and teenagers on the issue in 2016/17, up from 2,340 in 2015/16. Young people access the sessions by either ringing Childline, or contacting them online…
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to attend a forum on how schools can tackle mental health problems. The Place2Be school leaders forum will see expert speakers consider how schools can provide practical support to children, young people and their families. Kate, who is a royal patron of Place2Be, has…
The mental health response following the Grenfell Tower fire is the biggest operation of its kind in Europe, a doctor has said, with numbers affected likely to exceed 11,000. The unprecedented need following the blaze has transformed the Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) into "the largest trauma…
Four in 10 mental health services for children are failing, with youngsters facing long delays for treatment, according to a Government-ordered review. The study, from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), found many services set their own targets for how quickly youngsters should be seen, leading to children's mental health deteriorating…
Children as young as six are suffering from trauma related to the Troubles, an Irish government committee has been told. The Wave Trauma Centre, which supports people affected by the conflict, said the charity had received a number of referrals of young children who had not been born at the…
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