NHS bosses in our region have reacted to analysis from the NSPCC which claims mental health plans for children who've been abused are failing.
The NSPCC says more than 100,000 abused children in Yorkshire & Humber are being "let down" and the charity's findings show 64 per cent of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups' local mental health plans "failed to properly plan for the needs of abused children."
The NSPCC says , compared to last year, approximately 41 per cent of CCGs nationally were rated red or amber again .
A "red" rating means they failed to recognise that children who have been abused are more vulnerable to mental health problems.
Four CCGs in our area were rated red:
- Harrogate & Rural District
- Scarborough & Ryedale
- Vale of York
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.
Research shows that adults who have suffered abuse in childhood are twice as likely to develop clinical depression . Early support is key to minimising the long- term impact of mental health issues.
Craig Thorley NSPCC:
The Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group gave a strong reaction to the NSPCC analysis, saying it was "unjustifiable" and the charity's methodology was "flawed".
A joint statement from the three North Yorkshire CCGs rated red - Harrogate and Rural District CCG, Vale of York CCG, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, and Scarborough and Ryedale CCG said: