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Blog posted by Children’s Commissioner
Over the last year, the issue most often raised with me has been children’s mental health.  It was top of the list in my consultation with children about my priorities for the year ahead and many children have told me about their desperate attempts to access support.  Even primary school children raised concerns about anxiety.  I also hear from parents, teachers & carers about their repeated frustrations when trying to get help for children who need it.
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