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 who are homeless or who are in insecure/unstable housing

When a household is accepted by a local authority as homeless, or is found to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need, the authority has a duty to ensure that suitable accommodation is available. The most common immediate outcome for new acceptances is to be placed in temporary accommodation.

1 Statistic


  • Children and expected children living in temporary accommodation

    Children who are homeless or who are in insecure/unstable housing

Other groups in this category


  • Children at risk of forced marriage

    Children given advice or support by the Forced Marriage Unit
    1 statistic View data
  • Children in ‘troubled families’

    397,749
    Children in families receiving money from troubled families programme
    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
  • Children in households that report domestic abuse

    831,000
    Children living in households that report domestic abuse (2017, Age: 0-17, Area: England)
    +5 Other statistics View data
  • Children in low-income families

    593,000
    Children in material deprivation and severe low income (2018)
    +7 Other statistics View data
  • Children in single parent families

    Children in single parent families
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Children in workless families

    Children living in long-term workless households
    +5 Other statistics View data
  • Children living in deprived areas

    Children living in the top 10 % most deprived areas
    +4 Other statistics View data
  • Children living in food poverty

    1,959,431
    Children experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity (2017)
    +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 not meeting the threshold of social worker intervention

    178,254
    Children assessed and found not to be in need (2018)
    +3 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 receiving free school meals

    Children eligible for free school meals
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Children whose parents are addicted to substances

    472,000
    Children living with an adult who has reported to be dependent on alcohol or drugs (2017)
    +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