IT’S Time to stand up for children who have been abused and get them the crucial support they need, John Spellar MP has said.

More than 30,000 people signed the NSPCC’s It’s Time petition calling on the Department of Health and NHS England to count children who have been abused and are in need of mental health support.

At the moment, it’s difficult to work out who needs help and how to commission services to help young people. This means some children are left without any help at all.

Every year the equivalent of two children in every primary school class experience abuse. Research has found up to 90 per cent of children who are abused at an early age will develop mental health problems by the time they are 18.

The charity’s petition is aimed at counting the number of children who’ve been abused and need support in a bid to deal with the gap in crucial mental health services.

John Spellar MP attended an NSPCC event in Parliament on Monday, October 10 to support the It’s Time campaign and to meet with young people who shared why the campaign matters to them.

It’s Time has already made important progress:

  • Over 16,000 supporters contacted their MP to raise the profile of support for children who have been abused
  • Nearly half of the Police and Crime Commissioners who were elected in May pledged to use their victim’s fund to improve support for children and young people who have been abused
  • The Education Select Committee supported our call for children entering care to receive an automatic mental health assessment from a trained professional

John Spellar MP said: “We tend to take it for granted that the Government has data on everything that is important.

“But right now, they are not counting the number of children who have been abused and need support.

“We need ?this data so that the current gap in services can be addressed, to ensure children get the therapeutic services they need to help them overcome the trauma of their abuse.”

Peter Wanless, NSPCC CEO, said: “If we don’t know exactly how many children are missing out, we can’t do everything we can to help. So it’s essential we find out.

“We know how life-changing the right support can be. It can make the difference between a life defined by abuse or a child reaching their potential.

“So we have handed to No. 10 Downing Street this petition calling on the Government to collect local data from health professionals, social workers and the police, on the number of children who need help.

“It’s time to stand up for children who have been abused. It’s time to give them a voice.”

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