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 involved in gangs

A gang is a relatively durable, predominantly street-based group of young people who see themselves as a discernible group, engage in a range of criminal activities, identify or lay claim over territory, have some form of identifying structural feature, and are in conflict with other, similar gangs.

11 Statistics


  • 6,300

    Children who are in a gang according to their Child in Need assessment

    Children involved in gangs
  • Child in Need episodes with "gangs" factor identified at the end of assessment

    Children involved in gangs
  • Child in Need episodes with "gangs" factor identified at the end of assessment

    Children involved in gangs
  • 32,526

    Children aged between 10 and 15 who are members of a street gang (2016)

    Children involved in gangs
  • 26,290

    Children aged between 10 and 15 who are members of a street gang (2018)

    Children involved in gangs
  • 350,451

    Children aged between 10 and 15 who know someone who is a member of a gang

    Children involved in gangs
  • 27,000

    Children aged between 10 and 17 who are members of a street gang (2017)

    Children involved in gangs
  • 29,000

    Children aged between 10 and 17 who are members of a street gang (2018)

    Children involved in gangs
  • 2,458

    Is a member of a street gang (aged 16-17)

    Children involved in gangs
  • 40,235

    Children and young adults who are aged between 16 and 24 and members of a street gang

    Children involved in gangs
  • 334,053

    Young people aged between 16 and 24 who know someone who is a member of a gang

    Children involved in gangs

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

    40,694
    Children in local authority alternative provision or pupil referral units (2019)
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  • 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)
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  • Children missing from mainstream education

    49,187
    Children reported as missing education during the year
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  • Children not in education, employment or training

    Young people not in education, employment or training - quarterly
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  • Children who are bullied

    805,738
    Children who have been bullied in the last 12 months (aged 12 -17)
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  • Missing children

    55,807
    Children reported missing during the year
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