28th April 2016

Anne Longfield comments on Commons Education Committee’s report on mental health and well-being of looked-after children

Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield said:

“I welcome the findings of this inquiry by the Education Select Committee. It is right that the Committee has put a spotlight on the mental health needs of children in care who are likely to have not only experienced real difficulties and sometimes trauma in their lives but also, unlike most of us, don’t have their family to fall back on for support.

“Many children who are in care tell me that they need better access to help with their mental health and offering each one a mental health assessment when they come into care would help in identifying the support they need. I also welcome the Committee’s conclusion that there is a strong role for schools to play in providing support to help children recover and move on.”

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