There is no one definition of a vulnerable child. The Department for Education define ‘vulnerable groups’ as ‘disadvantaged groups’, whilst Ofsted term vulnerable children among those who may need additional support or intervention in order to make optimum progress. There are obvious safeguarding and child protection connotations to the term.
This Needs Assessment explores a range of factors that can make children vulnerable. In each case, it shows how many Islington children are or may be affected, and explores the potential impact each factor may have on the child’s life. The Needs Assessment also looks at the services in place to ensure that vulnerable children are protected and supported to ensure they are safe.