Trouble in store;Opinion
Troubled children grow up to be disturbed adults who cost society a great deal in expensive care and control - and in anguish. We have a fair amount of expertise in treating such difficulties in childhood - yet fewer than one in three young people with significant problems receives specialist help. Family doctors carry the main burden - as do teachers.
Yet schools are under more pressure than ever to produce easily-quantifiable results, and are judged on outcomes other than the quality of relationships they nurture. The much-needed pound;84 million announced by the Government is welcome; but some of it must be spent in enabling social services, medical expertise and education to pull together so that the desperate needs of these children can be met imaginatively.