Children's mental health needs not met
THE mental health needs of children in state care and in the youth justice system are not being met, a new report warns.
The 'Someone to Care' report highlights the loneliness and isolation that can be felt by young people who are separated from their families because of domestic problems of abuse and neglect.
The findings from the Mental Health Coalition highlighted how multiple placements in care – as many as 23 in some cases – as well as a lack of coordination between state agencies, means children find it hard to develop trusting relationships.
Chairperson Orla Barry said that there also needed to be further training for staff working with children whose mental health problems present in different ways.