Childhood vulnerability in numbers

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Latest data on the overall levels of vulnerability and need among children and young people in England.

Category: Children at higher risk because of who they live with or where they live

All groups in category


  • Children receiving free school meals

    Children eligible for free school meals
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Children living with friends or wider family

    Children living with friends or wider family (2017)
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Children who are homeless or who are in insecure/unstable housing

    Children and expected children living in temporary accommodation
    1 statistic View data
  • Children in low-income families

    593,000
    Children in material deprivation and severe low income (2018)
    +7 Other statistics View data
  • Children with mental ill-health in the family

    900,000
    Children whose resident carers report symptoms of anxiety or depression (2017)
    +5 Other statistics View data
  • Children of prisoners

    113,000
    Children who have a parent in prison at the end of 30 June 2018
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Children in ‘troubled families’

    397,749
    Children in families receiving money from troubled families programme
    1 statistic View data
  • Children living in deprived areas

    Children living in the top 10 % most deprived areas
    +4 Other statistics View data
  • Children at risk of forced marriage

    Children given advice or support by the Forced Marriage Unit
    1 statistic View data
  • Children in families with poor inter-parental relationships

    1,263,690
    Children in two parent families reporting relationship distress (2017)
    +7 Other statistics View data