Key messages 2014

Children and young people challenges

  • Children looked after and care leavers: A vulnerable group with known inequities in later life.
  • Teenage pregnancy: An intense programme of work with improving trends.
  • Gangs and Youth Violence, sexual exploitation of children: Gang membership has been associated with subsequent vulnerability and poor life chances.
  • Female Genital Mutilation: A crime with an unknown extent requiring further assessment.
  • Children with disabilities and special needs: A group of children with on-going care and support needs.
  • Children and Young People‚Äôs mental health: An area with limited data on local prevalence and appropriate service response, a detailed assessment is underway.
  • Young carers: A vulnerable group with known inequities in later life.