Children In Care Denied Mental Health
In some areas, children in care can be turned away because their conditions are not deemed severe enough to qualify for treatment.
The MPs heard some child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) were unwilling to begin treatment if a child moved into a new foster placement, even if this was within the same local authority.
“Given children in care may have unstable family lives and are frequently moving foster or residential placement, this inflexibility puts vulnerable children in care at a serious disadvantage in getting the support they deserve,” said Neil Carmichael, who chairs the committee.”
“This must change – we recommend children in care be given priority access to mental health assessments and never refused care based on their placement or severity of their condition.”
Words by Judith Burns