Measuring vulnerability amongst children in England. A new national approach

4th May 2020 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Public Seminar

Research Group: Rees Centre

Speaker: Leon Feinstein, University of Oxford

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room A

Convener: Lisa Holmes

Audience: Public

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Seminar Abstract


The Children’s Commissioner’s 2019 childhood vulnerability report examines the latest scale of, and trends over time in, rates of childhood vulnerability. This is based on a definition of vulnerability spanning 71 categories of risk, creating a framework for consistent monitoring of need across issues in social care, health, criminal justice, family and other domains of children’s experience. This framework has been developed between 2016 and 2019 based on extensive review of concepts and data that highlights both levels of need and substantial gaps in knowledge. This seminar will provide a review of the framework, present substantive findings and set out the implications for research and policy.

About the speaker


Professor Leon Feinstein is Professor of Education and Children’s Social Care at the University of Oxford Department of Education