Today I read this shocking article in Children and Young People Now about the number of neglected children in mental health wards who have been denied access to professional support services during lockdown.

In the numerous children act cases in which I have been instructed during my family law career, the involvement of specialist child experts has been an invaluable help and resource for not only the children themselves but for the Judges and lawyers assisting the various family members involved. 

Most shocking of all is that there has apparently been a 67% fall in the number of advocates visiting children who are detained. It is hard to imagine the isolation for them in an already hugely challenging environment. Let's hope that the highlighting of this issue by the Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield will raise awareness and result in some major steps to address this very soon.