Frontline Impact Report 2020
Published by Frontline.
Over the past six years at least 1.6 million children, one in every ten, have needed the support of a social worker.1 These children are affected by the challenges their parents experience — such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental ill health — and are more likely to struggle with social, emotional and mental health difficulties as a result. They are more vulnerable to often high-profile safeguarding issues that put them at increased risk, such as knife crime, gangs, drug misuse and more recently, county lines. Research unequivocally shows that children growing up in these circumstances are likely to do significantly worse than their peers at all stages of education, with the gap only widening as they get older. They are also less likely than other children to be in education, employment or training after age 18.