Care leavers missing out on mental health support, study finds

Around two-thirds of care leavers with mental health problems are not receiving specialist support, a study by Barnardo’s has found. A study by the charity of 274 of its care leaver services cases found that 125 young people had mental health needs but 81 (65 per cent) were not receiving specialist support from a mental health service. The study also found that one in four (69) care leavers had experienced a mental health crisis since leaving care. Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan is calling on the government to ensure that some of the £1.4bn in additional funding pledged to improve children’s mental health is used to support care leavers. Read more.

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