By the time they are two years old, children who are in care have the potential to suffer from a range of serious and preventable problems.
These include serious learning disabilities, emotional, social and behavioural problems and behavioural difficulties in a range the physical, mental and social, which are the major barriers to their development.
There are currently around 40,000 children in care across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and, according to research by Childline, about 2.5 million of them are on the autism spectrum.
More than half of them have at least one other risk factor for autism.
Childline is the national helpline for children in adult care, which provides advice and support for adults and children in the UK.
It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The helplines offer information on what to do if you or a loved one has been in care, and what to expect from the children in your care.
The services also provide advice on how to get on in life, help to get ahead in life and how to maintain relationships in the long term.
The best thing to do, for parents and children, is to be as open and honest with each other as possible.
We know that it is hard to be open and admit to things that you know you don’t like.
ChildLine can be a support service to your child if they are at risk of having serious problems.
For some children, the advice is as simple as asking what is going on in the household and why they need to see someone.
You can also call the helplies 24 hours per day, 7 days a weekend, 365 times a year, to talk to a child about issues that may be affecting their mental health or their ability to learn.
We also have a helplist for parents who want to talk with a child’s GP.
If you need advice, you can also contact the helptop on 0141 459 8888 or contact Childline on 0800 068 3444.