In recent weeks there has been a focus on Children's mental health, with studies indicating that state of the mental health of looked-after children is significantly poorer than that of their peers, with almost half of children and young people in care meeting the criteria for a psychiatric disorder.
Children in care and care leavers are more likely to experience poor health, educational and social outcomes. Young people leaving care in the UK are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers and they are also more likely to enter the criminal justice system. 23% of adult prisoners have been in care, and 40% of prisoners under 21.
Does the Mayor agree that looked after children are one of the most vulnerable cohorts of children and young people? And if so, does the Mayor agree that there should be focused priority and ultimately a dedicated Champion of this overlooked subset of children and young people in London?