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.

Undocumented children

There is not a universally accepted definition of undocumented children but it usually includes unaccompanied asylum seeking children, dependents of adults pursuing asylum, children who enter the country clandestinely, and, children who have obtained refugee status/indefinite or discretionary leave to remain.

1 Statistic


  • 120,000

    Children who are irregular migrants

    Undocumented children

Other groups in this category


  • Children believed to be radicalised

    110
    Children who received Channel Support (2018)
    +14 Other statistics View data
  • Children in families seeking asylum

    5,655
    Children in families seeking asylum aged 0-17 (2017)
    +4 Other statistics View data
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children

    23,733
    Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children (2017)
    +2 Other statistics View data
  • LGBTQ+ children

    298,000
    Children who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual (2017)
    +5 Other statistics View data
  • Refugee children

    Children who were granted humanitarian protection on initial decision who applied as main applicants or dependants (UK)
    +1 Other statistic View data
  • Unaccompanied asylum seeking children

    Unaccompanied asylum seeking children in care (2017, GOR areas)
    +7 Other statistics View data