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  • • Nearly half of children in care have a mental health disorder
  • • 4.2 million children in the UK are living in poverty
  • • Nearly half of children in care have a mental health disorder
  • • 1.4 million children & young people have a probable mental health disorder
  • • 1 in 5 babies aren’t receiving their entitled health visiting check at one year old
 
This poll mirrors what our survey found earlier this year: the vast majority of children and young people don’t feel listened to or understood by politicians, with most feeling like they don’t have a say even when it comes to issues important to them.
 
Children growing up in the UK are facing serious challenges. An estimated 4.2m children are living in poverty, while 1.4m are thought to have a mental health disorder and hundreds of thousands are spending months on waiting lists for mental health support.
 
We can’t waste any more time. As we prepare for a general election, we want to see all major political parties develop an ambitious strategy that puts children’s needs at the heart of the next UK Government. We cannot let their voices go unheard.