Children’s Commissioner’s 2018 report into Child Vulnerability (and what the government are going to do about it)

1 in 6 children in England are living in ‘vulnerable’ conditions the Education Journal reveals. What this means is 1 in 6 children are living in what we call ‘complex family conditions’.

Of those 2.1 million living in vulnerable conditions, 1 million were living in domestic violence with a family in the ‘toxic trio’; known as a triangle of domestic violence, mental health issues and drug and substance abuse.

But which children are more at risk of becoming ‘vulnerable children’ (?)

The Children’s Commissioner’s 2018 report into Childhood Vulnerability reveals the shockingly huge scale of child ‘vulnerability’. The statistics have been gathered from various government departments and agencies Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England reports.

The research uses evidence based on 7-15 years olds and has been carried out over 6 local authority areas, which includes children’s services departments, police, youth offending services, eduction, health and probation services.

It seeks to look at how local agencies work together to assess ‘at risk’ children who are often currently, neglected and ‘invisible children.’

This study has been carried out specifically by the Children’s Commissioner’s report 2018 in order to look at, not only annual government statistics which can suggest either an ‘increase’ or ‘decrease’ but to look at which groups of children are most at risk and how perhaps this risk can be reduced.

The report reveals that older children are more of a problem, largely because by an older age, they had now become victim to gangs and violence, largely due to emotional neglect.

Agencies report that with additional support for families and vulnerable children, parents and professionals, are now becoming aware of the increased risk of child vulnerability and the increased likelihood to experience abuse outside the home.

Significantly, one GP reports that ‘neglectful parenting’ was just as prominent in wealthy areas as poor ares and highlights, how ‘problem children’ are often not the problem, it’s the parents. Too often, the impact of adult’s behaviour on children is not recognised or taken into consideration.

The report called for:

1). ‘A ‘whole system’ approach to identifying and preventing neglect, including from adult services working with parents.

2). Better training for professional sin identifying the sings of neglect in older children.

3). A more co-ordinated, strategic approach across all agencies working with children and parents.

4). The behaviour of older children to be understood in the context of the trauma they had experienced.’


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