4th July 2018

Childhood vulnerability in England 2018

Note: This report is from 2018, there is a more recent vulnerability report from 2019.


The 2018 vulnerability report told us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could affect their lives, wellbeing and life chances.

We found that there are over 2 million children in England living in families with substantial complex needs, and that of these 1.6 million children have no established, recognised form of additional support. In addition there are multiple other forms of vulnerability, risk and need. We show the latest data on 70 aggregate groups that we will use to monitor trends, consider aggregate levels of need and frame our work to hear the views of children and young people.

The overview report provides a summary of the underlying data and analysis, which is set out in more detail in four technical reports. A set of slides summarises conversations with young people about the framework. You can also see below some of the reports from last year with more discussion of some of the issues in measuring and defining vulnerability.

Key Statistics


710,000

children and young people 0-17 years in England receiving statutory support

2.1m

children and young people with complex family needs

570,000

children and young people in families receiving recognised support for complex family level need

1.6m

children in families with complex needs for which there is no national established, recognised form of support