Parents are under pressure as they struggle to cope with the increasing number of children born with disabilities, according to a new report.
It also suggests the number of people who receive benefits for a child’s disability could increase further.
The report, which examines the state of the child and parents’ rights in the UK, found that the number one issue for many parents was “getting the right support for their child with a disability”.
“The situation is very dire, it is very serious, and it is becoming more of a priority,” said Pauline Cafferkey, co-author of the report and a consultant psychologist in mental health and social work at The Irish Children’s Society.
“There is a real concern that we’re not taking the right steps in terms of our child with an intellectual disability.”
Ms Cafferkeys report, The Crisis in Child and Parents Rights, will be published by the Irish Childrens Society and the University of Oxford next week.
It found that parents have an “unambiguous” duty to ensure they have the right supports to care for their children’s mental health needs, including those that require specialised treatment.
But it said that the Government is not taking a “stronger stance” on the issue.
The Government is facing a backlash in the United States and in some European countries after the release of a report in April showing that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have increased in the number receiving support.
The number of young people with disabilities receiving support has also increased, the report found.
The Irish government is now working to create a national strategy to support families with young children with disabilities.
This is the first report to examine the state-of-play in the current UK child welfare system.
The government says it is working to address concerns raised by the report, but there is “no evidence” that it is increasing the number seeking support.
Ms Cacherkeys report also found that while children with mental health problems often require special treatment in the NHS, the Government “still does not consider children with ASD to be disabled and do not treat them the same as children with physical disabilities”.
The report recommends that children should be placed in independent care until they reach the age of 18, with access to specialist support when needed.
The Department of Health said it is committed to increasing access to independent and long-term support for children with intellectual disability.
“We recognise that children and families need support to achieve their full potential and achieve independence, and we continue to work towards this goal,” a spokesperson said.
The department said it would “re-evaluate our support arrangements to ensure that we meet this objective in a safe, responsible and ethical way”.
“It is important to remember that the NHS is not a charity, and all its work is funded by the taxpayer,” the spokesperson added.
The UK has seen a spike in the numbers of people with mental illness, particularly autism spectrum disorders, in recent years.
A total of 1,824 people were diagnosed with autism in the first five months of this year, a fivefold increase on the same period in 2016.
The new report, released at a time when support is increasing for the elderly, children and the disabled, also found children with ASDs have been more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than their non-ASD peers.
The prevalence of depression among children with an ASD has also risen by 40 per cent in the past year.
The study also found a growing trend of children with ADHD developing a disorder of interest, including an interest in violence and antisocial behaviour.
The proportion of people experiencing symptoms of ASD also increased over the past five years.
“Children with ASD are more likely to have had a history of mental health issues, to be at increased risk of developing a mental illness and to be more likely than their peers to be involved in violent or antisocial behaviours.” “
Dr Michael O’Brien, of the University College Dublin, said parents have a responsibility to ensure their children receive the care and support they need. “
Children with ASD are more likely to have had a history of mental health issues, to be at increased risk of developing a mental illness and to be more likely than their peers to be involved in violent or antisocial behaviours.”
Dr Michael O’Brien, of the University College Dublin, said parents have a responsibility to ensure their children receive the care and support they need.
“I think parents should be concerned about this,” he said.
“It’s a very serious problem.
It’s something that we need to get a grip on.”
Dr O’Briens report said children who have an intellectual disorder have an increased risk to developing mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, and have a higher risk of engaging in antisocial and violent behaviour.
In the UK alone, the proportion of children aged from 12 to 18 years who were diagnosed as having an intellectual or developmental disability rose from 12 per cent of the population to 28 per cent.