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Estimating the number of vulnerable children

Technical Paper 6 in Children’s Commissioner project on vulnerable children

This technical paper provides an overview of the methodology and data sources used to obtain aggregate totals for children with different vulnerability types and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Previous reports in this work programme examine existing statistics and data estimating the prevalence of 32 groups of vulnerable children in England. In order to provide high level aggregate totals of the number of vulnerable children, we have classified these 32 groups into four broad types of vulnerability. While there are many types of vulnerability, this report focuses on the following:

Type 1: Children supported or accommodated by the state
Type 2: Children and young people whose actions put their future at risk
Type 3: Children with health-related vulnerabilities
Type 4: Children with family-related vulnerabilities