Big increase in suicides among vulnerable children known to social services

The number of suicides among children who are either in care or are known to social services as being at risk of abuse or neglect has increased by more than 30 per cent in the last year, it has emerged.

A total of 46 children who were in care or known to social services as being at risk of abuse or neglect took their own lives in 2017/18. 

Figures published by Ofsted show that there was an increase in the number of suicides reported by local authorities from 35 in 2016/17 to 46 in 2017/18, a rise of 31.4 per cent. It represents the highest level of suicides among at-risk children in recent years – in 2015/16 there were 26, and in 2014/15 there were 29.

Read the full article on this link to Children & Young People Now

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