This report explains how existing data was used to identify groups of vulnerable babies in England and obtain aggregate totals for each type of vulnerability. The focus is on babies under the age of one, although figures for children up to the age of four were recorded for context.
Three vulnerability types were classified:
•Type 1: In the system – groups of babies who are supported by the state
•Type 2: Health needs – groups of babies who have physical or mental health needs
•Type 3: Invisible babies –groups of babies with personal or contextual needs that are not well addressed by universal services
The report discusses these vulnerability types, explains the methodology used and analyses the sources and quality of the available data.
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