Exclusive: Review of online counselling service shows black and minority ethnic children considerably more likely to access mental health support if they can remain anonymous
Ethnic minority children are less likely than their white counterparts to access traditional mental health services, according to new research.
A report by the Education Policy Institute, seen exclusively by The Independent, reveals BAME children are considerably more likely to access counselling services if they are online and can remain anonymous.
The study analysed the demographics of users of an NHS commissioned online counselling platform for children and young people, known as Kooth, which has been rolled out in more than 70 Clinical Commissioning Group areas since it was set up in 2004. It is provided free at the point of use and service users can anonymously access the service at any time of day.