Did you know?

Our "Did You Know" page features key facts and statistics about mental health, safeguarding and gangs. We have listed a few facts to get you started. If you have information that you would like to share with Practitioners, then please get in touch through the contact page.

Conduct disorders

5 - 7% of all children in the UK are affected by conduct disorders.


Depression affects as many as one in every 33 children and one in 8 adolescents.

Eating disorders

In teenagers, eating disorders affect seven girls in every 1000, but only one boy in every 1000.

Sexual violence

In a recent survey, only 1 in 12 interviewees felt that young people would be likely to report, or talk about, experiences of sexual violence or exploitation and even where they felt a young person would talk, they thought this would be to a peer rather than a professional.

Diagnosable mental health disorder

1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 - 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder - that is around three children in every class.

Looked after young people

Around 60% of looked after young people have some level of mental health problem.

Young women in gangs are:

- 3 times more vulnerable than most children in the youth justice system.
- 3-4 times more likely to run away from home.
- 3 times more likely to experience violence, neglect at home and sexual abuse.