26 Jul NHS mental health plans failing THOUSANDS of abused children in Essex
A recent NSPCC analysis has found Essex’s NHS CCGs’ local mental health plans failed to properly plan for the needs of abused children.
More than 52,000 children in Essex who have been abused or NEGLECTED are not covered by adequate NHS plans for their mental health needs, new NSPCC research estimates.
The charity analysed the latest annual plans published by NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which set out how they will care for children’s mental health, and found that across England 88 per cent were failing to properly plan for the needs of vulnerable children including those who had been abused.
Essex’s seven CCGs all received an amber rating for the second year running which means action is needed to improve the plan for the county’s estimated 52,867 children who have been abused or neglected.
The NSPCC is calling on all NHS CCGs to urgently recognise and plan for the increased mental health needs of children who have been abused.