Adoption UK comments on NSPCC report
Published: 06.07.15This report shows that looked after children are more than five times more likely to have a diagnosed mental health disorder than non-disadvantaged children in the general UK population.
Adoption UK welcomes the recent NSPCC report which highlights that looked after children are more than five times more likely to have a diagnosed mental health disorder than non-disadvantaged children in the general UK population. We know that this over-representation is also reflected in those children adopted from care.
Research carried out by the NSPCC also found that about 55 per cent of looked after children aged under 11 in England - and 58 per cent of looked after children aged under 11 in Wales - entered care last year primarily due to abuse or neglect. The NSPCC’s interviews with children within this report reveal that while some young people had received loving and nurturing care from consistent carers, others had suffered from a lack of attention to their emotional needs.
Adoption UK Chief Executive Hugh Thornbery said:
“We know about the importance of key relationships in children’s lives, as detailed in the Care Inquiry, published in 2013 by Adoption UK and seven other charities. Children and young people told the inquiry they want stronger relationships with their social worker so that they know them well, support them well and make good decisions which are informed by them as much as possible. They also said stronger relationships with their social worker meant that they found it easier to find and settle into a permanent home.
Adoption UK agrees with the NSPCC that the Government must ensure that the mental health and emotional wellbeing of looked after children is a clear priority for our care systems and that local authorities and health services work together to develop appropriate support based on a robust understanding of the needs of looked after children in their area.
Mr Thornbery added:
“We will continue to work with other organisations to ensure that children’s needs are at the forefront of providing CAMHs services and that the needs of adopted children are included in those plans.”
For more information: www.nspcc.org.uk