Children in care are too often missing out on treatment for mental health problems despite being four times more likely to experience them, say MPs.
The Commons Education Committee says children fostered in England are sometimes denied treatment simply because they move placement too often.
They should instead be given priority for mental health support, the committee says in a report.
The government says it is investing £1.4bn in children’s mental health.
Almost half of children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder, the MPs heard, compared with about one in 10 children who are not in care.
But provision for children in care with mental health problems is poor in many parts of England, says the report.