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Estimating the number of vulnerable children (29 groups)

Technical Paper 3 in Children’s Commissioner project on vulnerable children

Robust information on the number of vulnerable children is essential for effective, efficient and targeted service provision. With information on prevalence, practitioners and policymakers can identify gaps in provision, as well as understand current and future trends. Evidence-based decision-making can lead to improved practice and consequently improved outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable children in England.

This report examines existing statistics and data to inform the Children’s Commissioner’s report on vulnerable children. The primary aims are to:

  • Provide preliminary estimates of the number of children facing different types of vulnerability in England;
  • Identify any issues, gaps and limitations in the relevant data collections and statistics, and;
  • Deliver recommendations on how to improve the quality of data and reporting.