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How many children are vulnerable?

How many children are vulnerable?

Ministers do not know how many hundreds of thousands of children in England are living risky or vulnerable lives, says children's commissioner Anne Longfield.

England's children's champion has tried to calculate the total in a report, in the absence of overall official data.

She found some 670,000 children live in high risk family situations, thousands with parents in addiction treatment.

Children's minister Robert Goodwill said support for vulnerable children was being given across government.

But he acknowledged there was more to do.


Ms Longfield highlighted that half a million children are so vulnerable that the state has to step in with support, and 46,000 are thought to be in gangs. 

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