The UK’s leading children’s charity is calling for urgent progress to be made to end the postcode lottery in children’s mental health.

The call comes as research by Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, found some areas of the country have cut back on their children’s mental health services by a third.

Barnardo's concerned about children's mental health postcode lottery
Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

“It’s deeply concerning that spending on a third of England’s child mental health services has been cut. Too many of the country’s most vulnerable children having to reach crisis point before receiving treatment.

“Early intervention is essential to stop problems escalating but, in some cases, children will only get support if they have attempted suicide or committed serious self-harm, which is unacceptable.

“The Government has committed to making more funding available for children’s mental health in the NHS 10 Year Plan, which is a welcome step forward.

“We need to see urgent progress, driven jointly by Government and local authorities, health bodies and charities like ours, to end the postcode lottery and make sure all children can access the support they need when they need it, no matter where they live.”