Caroline Nokes MP has shown her support for the NSPCC’s It’s Time campaign after hearing about the scale of abuse young people in the UK experience, and the problems many face getting the kind of help that can turn their lives around at the NSPCC’s reception in parliament on Wednesday 10th February.
Karen Bradley MP, Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, and Rt. Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care, joined the NSPCC CEO in speaking at the launch and Caroline also heard first-hand from young people who have helped shape the campaign.
All too often children who have been abused have to develop chronic mental health problems, be suicidal or self-harm before therapeutic services become available to them, according to a recent survey of professionals working with these children. One of the young people who sat on the campaign advisory group, ‘A Force for Change’, said that support should be provided “at the point of need not the point of crisis”.
“It is vital that we support children who have been victims of abuse throughout their lives with a range of therapeutic techniques to prevent further mental health problems developing later in life.”
Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, said:
“More children than ever are coming forward to tell somebody about the abuse they have suffered. But every child’s bravery to come forward must be met with the right support. And for many of our most vulnerable children, that support is not available.”
He welcomed the Government’s commitment to invest £1.4 billion into children’s mental health services but said: “This money can only be spent once; it is crucial that a portion is made available for abused children. We’re calling for long term investment in support services for children who’ve experienced abuse, government to produce clear guidelines on when a child should be offered therapeutic support, more research into the scale of the problem, as well as what type of support works best.
“We know that government recognises the importance of this issue. But without a clear commitment to children who have experienced abuse, we worry that they will continue to fall by the wayside….”