A summary of Lancashire's Children and Young People

There are approximately 280,000 children and young people in the county of Lancashire for whom the Children and Young People's plan is being developed.

If Lancashire were a population of 100 children and young people aged 0 to 19 years:

  • 24 would be aged 4 and under, 27 would be aged between 5 and 9, 26 would be between 10 and 14 and 23 would be 15 to 19.
  • 12 would live in Lancaster and 12 in Preston; 9 would live in Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire; 8 would live in Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Wyre; 6 would live in Rossendale; whilst there would only be 5 living in both Fylde and Ribble Valley.
  • 89 would be from white ethnic groups, 8 from Asian ethnic groups and 3 from other black and minority ethnic groups.
  • By 2013 there would be two fewer children and young people aged 0-19 living in Lancashire, although the reduction would not be uniform across the age groups:
  • There would be an additional 1 child aged 0 to 4 and an additional 2 children aged 5 to 9; but o There would be 2 fewer children aged 10 to 14 and 2 fewer young people aged 15 to 19.
  • 28 children would be only children, 43 would live in families with a sibling, 20 in families with two other siblings and 9 in families with three or more other siblings.
  • 76 would live in properties owned by their family, 9 in privately rented properties and 13 in socially rented accommodation.
  • 19 would be classed as living in poverty
  • 54 children would live in areas classed as being in the most deprived 50%nationally, 15 of these would live in areas classed as being in the 10% most deprived nationally.
  • 7 would be referred to social care under safeguarding arrangements, 2 of which would be re-referred within one year 
  • 3 would be a victim of crime in any year 
  • 1 would be looked after by the authority 
  • 2 children would have a learning disability and 1 would have autistic spectrum disorder 
  • 20 would have emotional wellbeing and mental health problems, 10 of which would have a diagnosable mental disorder 
  • 4 would have an emotional disorder including anxieties, phobias and depression, 5 would have a conduct disorder and 1 would have hyperactivity disorder 
  • 2 would be providing care for a significant adult in their life There are almost 63,000 children of secondary school age living in Lancashire. 

If Lancashire were made up of 100 secondary school children:

  • 89 would belong to a white ethnic group.
  • 7 would belong to an Asian ethnic group; 4 Pakistani, 2 Indian and 1 Bangladeshi
  • 13 would be in receipt of free school meals
  • 2 would have a statement of special educational needs
  • 5 would be persistent absentees from school
  • None would be permanently excluded from school but there would be 8 fixed term exclusions, accounting for 24 days.
  • 54 would achieve 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and maths.
  • At least 6 would experience regular bullying and at least 2 would regularly bully.
  • More than 20 would not speak to an adult at home or in school if they were not able to deal with a problem on their own.
  • There would be 9 admissions to hospital for the 10 to 14 cohort, 1 for oral diseases, and 1 due to injuries, poisoning and other external causes.
  • There would be 5 emergency admissions to hospital for the 10 to 14 cohort, 1 due to injuries, poisoning and other external causes.
  • As many as 24 may smoke by the end of secondary school and 8 of these would buy illicit tobacco
  • 80 would drink alcohol, 71 of which would binge drink and 40 of which would drink alcohol at least once a week. 
  • 22 would try drugs
  • 23 would have an emotional disorder; 10 of which will be girls and 13 boys.

There are almost 80,000 young people aged 16 to 19 in Lancashire. If Lancashire were made up of 100 young people:

  • 1 would be killed or seriously injured in a road traffic accident
  • There would be 15 admissions to hospital for the 15 to 19 cohort, 3 related to pregnancy and child birth, and 2 due to injuries, poisoning and other external causes.
  • There would be 6 emergency admissions to hospital for the 15 to 19 cohort, 1 related to pregnancy and child birth, and 2 due to injuries, poisoning and other external causes.
  • 60 would not participate in the recommended levels of physical activity
  • 7 would not be in education, employment or training.
  • 27 would be tested for Chlamydia and 2 would test positive
  • 2 would become pregnant
  • 4 would be involved in crime
  • 1 would access homelessness services
  • 1 would have anorexia nervosa and 2 bulimia

Children and young people survey

This research looked at children and young people's views on a range of topics that included crime, volunteering, what local services are important to them and what they do in their spare time.

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