Posted: 28 December 2012

Mapping the projected rise in vulnerable families and children

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Our recent joint report In the Eye of the Storm estimated that the number of vulnerable families and children is set to rise significantly across the UK over the next few years. 

The report, which we co-created with NSPCC and Action for Children, addressed these increases as what they are – national issues.

Across England, the number of vulnerable families is estimated to rise from 110,000 in 2010 to 130,000 in 2015. During the same period, children living in those families are projected to rise from 270,000 to 310,000.

'Vulnerable families' are those with at least five of seven key vulnerability indicators (worklessness, poor quality housing, no qualifications, maternal mental health problems, long term illness or disability, low income and material deprivation.) 

As the In the Eye of the Storm report (full textsummary) makes clear, changes in spending on taxes, benefits and public services, and the current economic climate are driving the increased vulnerability.

Examining the data by region and local authority

In our new maps we look in more detail at the data on vulnerable families, presenting projections for 2015 across the nine regions and 152 local authorities in England. 

To generate the data for these maps, we used analysis produced by the government in 2011 estimating the distribution of families with multiple problems across all local areas in England and replicated this method to project the number and proportion of vulnerable children and families in each region and local authority, based on the new estimates for 2015 presented in In the Eye of the Storm. (Read the report's methodology.)

Projected vulnerable children in 2015, by region

This map reflects the proportion of children in the nine regions across England that are projected to be vulnerable in 2015.

Click on the map to review data about each region.

Proportion of children estimated to be vulnerable in 2015:

  •  0 - 1.9%
  •  2 - 2.4%
  •  2.5 - 2.9%
  • 3%+

Projected vulnerable children in 2015, by local authority

This map reflects the proportion of children in the 152 local authorities across England that are projected to be vulnerable in 2015.

Click on the map to gather data about families in each local authority.

Proportion of children estimated to be vulnerable in 2015:

  • 0 - 0.9%
  • 1 - 1.9%
  • 2 - 2.9%
  • 3 - 3.9%
  • 4 - 4.9%
  • 5%+

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