Research and analysis

8-year-olds identified in infancy as at risk of harm

A study of children who were suffering, or at risk of, significant harm before their first birthday.



This study follows up a small sample of 8-year-old children for whom there had been concerns of abuse or neglect before their first birthdays.

The report provides insight into the lives of these children and their families, including:

  • how decisions made by professionals in the children’s early years have continued to affect their lives
  • the role of social workers, primary school teachers and special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs)
  • the children’s own experiences and perceptions
Published 6 July 2016