Delays diagnosing and treating children with arthritis are leaving them in pain and at a higher risk of lifelong damage, a national charity has warned.
Arthritis is commonly thought to affect only older people, but 15,000 children have the condition in the UK.
Versus Arthritis says many children are not getting help soon enough.
The NHS said: "Arthritis in young people is rare and diagnosing it can be difficult because symptoms are often vague and no specific test exists."
Zoe Chivers, Head of Services at Versus Arthritis, said: "We know that young people often face signi