Ministers ‘in the dark’ over scale of child vulnerability

The BBC reports that Ministers do not know how many hundreds of thousands of children in England are living risky or vulnerable lives, says children’s commissioner Anne Longfield.
England’s children’s champion has tried to calculate the total in a report, in the absence of overall official data. She found some 670,000 children live in high risk family situations, thousands with parents in addiction treatment.
Some 200,000 are judged by the local council to have experienced trauma or abuse and 119,000 children are homeless or living in insecure or unstable accommodation.
Ms Longfield highlighted that half a million children are so vulnerable that the state has to step in with support, and 46,000 are thought to be in gangs.
“It is shocking that half a million children need direct intervention or care from the state because they are living vulnerable lives.
On top of that there are many hundreds of thousands of other children growing up in potentially high risk situations.”
Mr Goodwill said that every single child should have their voice heard and receive the care and support that they need to realise their potential.

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