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.

Children excluded from school

Permanent exclusion refers to a child who is excluded and cannot attend the same school again (unless the exclusion is overturned). Their name is removed from the school register and he/she would then be educated at another school or via some other form of provision.

A fixed-period exclusion refers to a pupil who is excluded from a school for a set period of time. A pupil may be excluded for one or more fixed periods up to a maximum of 45 school days in a single academic year. Pupils in fixed-period exclusions remain on the register of that school, as they are expected to return when the exclusion period is completed.

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  • Children who are permanently excluded from school

    Children excluded from school
  • 5,795

    Children who are permanently excluded from school (2015)

    Children excluded from school
  • 7,720

    Children who are permanently excluded from school (2017)

    Children excluded from school
  • Children who are permanently excluded from school (2016, GOR areas)

    Children excluded from school
  • Children who are permanently excluded from school (2017, LA areas)

    Children excluded from school
  • Children who are permanently excluded from school

    Children excluded from school
  • Children who are permanently excluded from school

    Children excluded from school
  • Pupils with one or more fixed term exclusion

    Children excluded from school
  • Pupils with one or more fixed term exclusion (GOR areas)

    Children excluded from school
  • Pupils with one or more fixed term exclusion (LA areas)

    Children excluded from school
  • Pupils with one or more fixed term exclusion

    Children excluded from school
  • Pupils with one or more fixed term exclusion

    Children excluded from school

Other groups in this category


  • Children in alternative education

    40,694
    Children in local authority alternative provision or pupil referral units (2019)
    +22 Other statistics View data
  • Children in prison

    26,681
    Youth cautions or court sentences given to children, year ending 31 March (2018, Gender: All, Area: England and Wales, Country areas)
    +117 Other statistics View data
  • Children involved in gangs

    29,000
    Children aged between 10 and 17 who are members of a street gang (2018)
    +10 Other statistics View data
  • Children missing from mainstream education

    49,187
    Children reported as missing education during the year
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Children not in education, employment or training

    Young people not in education, employment or training - quarterly
    +8 Other statistics View data
  • Children who are bullied

    805,738
    Children who have been bullied in the last 12 months (aged 12 -17)
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Missing children

    55,807
    Children reported missing during the year
    +29 Other statistics View data

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