Children’s commissioner warns 120,000 teenagers at risk of ‘falling off the radar’

Tens of thousands of England’s teenagers are at risk of “falling off the radar” of schools and local authority children’s services as the country eases out of lockdown, the children’s commissioner for England has warned. New analysis published by commissioner Anne Longfield states that as many as one in 25 teenagers were at risk of dropping out of education or going missing from care and becoming “easy prey” for criminal gangs before the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2017/18, 123,000 teenagers “fell through gaps” in local authority provision becoming invisible to services. Read more.