This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 14 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde (Labour): “to move that this House takes note of the report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, On Measuring the Number of Vulnerable Children in England, published in July”.Jump to full report >>
On 4 July 2017, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, published the report On Measuring the Number of Vulnerable Children in England. The Commissioner had instigated the report because she believed there were unidentified and “invisible” vulnerable children that were suffering a variety of harms and risks. In order to address the needs of vulnerable, she argued, people needed to know who the vulnerable were and how many there are. The report identified a total of 32 groups of children that were categorised as vulnerable, and provided estimated figures for the number of children in each group. Included among the report’s findings were:
Since July 2017, the Commissioner has published two further briefings in relation to two of the vulnerable groups identified: children excluded from school, and children’s mental health. The reports found that:
This briefing examines the findings contained in the Children’s Commissioner’s report on vulnerable children, and her follow-up reports on excluded children and children’s mental health. It also includes discussion of the Government’s recent green paper on children’s and young people’s mental health services
Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0094
Author: Mary Santo
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