Steve McCabe MP calls on Government to prioritise support services for victims of child abuse

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak is backing the NSPCC’s ‘It’s Time campaign’ which aims to raise awareness of the scale of abuse people in the UK experience, and the problems many face getting the help and support they need.

A former social worker and shadow Minister for Children and Families, Steve McCabe met with campaigners from the NSPCC recently and heard first-hand from young people who have helped shape the campaign.

All too often children who have been abused have to develop chronic mental health problems, be suicidal or self-harm before therapeutic services become available to them, according to a recent survey of professionals with vulnerable children. One of the young people who sat on the campaign advisory group, ‘A Force for Change’, said that support should be provided “at the point of need not the point of crisis”.

After meeting with campaigners and being contacted my many constituents, Steve has written to the Secretary of State for Health calling for the Government to prioritise accessible support services for children who have experienced abuse.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“This is an area that is very important to me and one that I have some experience in both during my time as a social worker and more recently in my role as Shadow Children’s Minister. Meeting with campaigners and young people today again highlighted to me the shortcomings in the way mental health care is provided for victims of child abuse. By failing to provide therapeutic services and quality support for victims of child abuse at the point it is needed, we are letting down some of our most vulnerable young people.

“While I was Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Families I argued for robust systems and practices to deal with child protection. I believe that further investment in therapeutic services and data collection are integral to safeguarding those children who have suffered the serious impact abuse can have.”

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