Seriously awkward: how vulnerable 16-17 year olds are falling through the cracks

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Iryna Pona, Sam Royston, Clare Bracey and Amy Gibbs

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At The Children’s Society we work with thousands of teenagers each year. We see that too often the most vulnerable older teenagers are being let down by the law and not getting basic protections to keep them safe, healthy and happy. We estimate that half a million 16 and 17 year olds face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with multiple issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships. This period of adolescence is known as an awkward age, but the challenges are seriously awkward for the most vulnerable teenagers falling between the cracks of childhood and adulthood.


Law And Legislation, Social Networks, Young People, Poverty, Well Being and Health