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Assessment of the outcomes of vulnerable children

Technical Paper 4 in Children’s Commissioner project on vulnerable children

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner commissioned Cordis Bright to conduct rapid exploratory research to investigate differential outcomes both in childhood and adulthood associated with being a member of a vulnerable group in childhood.

The aim of this review is to contribute to, and inform, a report on vulnerable children. In particular, the review aimed to focus on:

> Identification of findings that showed absolute and differential outcomes compared to other groups or the general population for children and young people who are in groups commonly referred to as vulnerable and/or invisible in the literature.
> Gaps in quantitative research evidence concerning outcomes for children and young people commonly referred to as vulnerable and/or invisible in the literature.
> Areas for consideration for future work in this area.

The outcomes which were the focus of this review can be categorised into four main domains: educational, economic, social and behavioural.