Two thirds of young people leaving care with mental health problems are not getting any help at all from a statutory service, according to a new study by Barnardo’s.
The children’s charity report lays bare the scale of the struggles faced by young people as they set out on their own in the adult world.
The new research indicates almost half of England’s 26,340 care leavers are suffering from at least one mental health issue.
With one in four facing a mental health crisis after leaving care, charity bosses say the shortfall in appropriate support has become striking.
“Our research shows a shocking picture of care leavers in need with no access to suitable mental health support,” said Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan.
The Government must ensure these vulnerable young people receive the support they so desperately need
Many looked after youngsters in local authority care leave at 18, though some stay with foster families until the age of 21.