136,000 abused children in Yorkshire and Humber let down by postcode lottery in mental health

The NSPCC has estimated that more than 136,000 children in Yorkshire and the Humber who have been abused or neglected are being let down by a postcode lottery in mental health.

The charity’s analysis of all local plans published by NHS commissioners in England - which set out how they will care for children’s mental health - showed 84 per cent fail to properly plan for the needs of children who have been abused or neglected.

The NSPCC is calling on these NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to urgently include the needs of children who have suffered abuse in their strategies.

The charity claims research shows that children who have suffered abuse are twice as likely to develop clinical depression and an estimated 1.2 million children in England who have suffered abuse or neglect are living in an area with inadequate plans for their mental health needs, or with no plan for their care whatsoever. Of these children, 136,566 are in Yorkshire and the Humber.

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