Major study from Children’s Commissioner reveals over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks.
This report examines the latest scale of, and trends over time in, rates of childhood vulnerability. It estimates the total number of children in England currently receiving statutory support or intervention (those who are ‘in the system’), to be 723,000 children.
The report estimates that 2.3 million children are living with risk because of a vulnerable family background. Within this group, it estimates that more than a third – 829,000 children – are ‘invisible’ (in the sense of not being known to services) and therefore not getting any support. Another 761,000 children – around a third – are known to services, but their level of support is unclear. Adding these two groups together, means that there are 1.6 million children from a vulnerable family background for whom the support is either patchy or non-existent.
- 2.3m children growing up with a vulnerable family background
- 1.6m children in families with complex needs for which there is no national established, recognised form of support
- 829,000 children are ‘invisible’ to services
- 25% of the amount councils spend on children now goes on the 1.1% of children who need acute and specialist services
Full detail: Childhood vulnerability in England 2019