In the ‘Average’ Classroom of 30 Children…

3 children would be living with limiting long-term conditions

8 children have a parent with mental health problems and 1 child would be living in a household where both parents have serious mental health problems

3 children would have relatively serious mental health issues themselves

1 child would be caring for their parents or siblings

3 children would have special educational needs and 1 child would also have substantial additional communication needs

2 children would be living in homes with domestic violence and abuse

1 child would be living in material deprivation and severe low income

15 children would say they had been bullied at some point.

Of course, there is no such thing as an average classroom.  Real schools vary so that some have higher numbers of vulnerable children and young people, and some have fewer.  Also, the factors listed above (and others that make children vulnerable to being socially excluded) often overlap, so the same child may face three, four, five or more risk factors.  Children’s Quarter estimates 1 in 4 children and young people experience significant exclusion from society and services including schools and health services.

See the Children’s Commissioner’s Vulnerability Report (pdf copy) for details of the statistics on this page.



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