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Children, violence and
vulnerability 2023

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September 22, 2023

This is the YEF’s second annual Children, Violence and Vulnerability report (see the 2022 version). It includes:

Survey responses from over 7,500 teenage children aged 13-17 in England and Wales about their experiences in the past 12-months. This builds on last year’s survey of 2,000 children. We’ve used the same online panel provider (Walr) that we used last year.

We’ve also surveyed an additional group of 3,000 adults, to get their views on young people’s experiences of violence.


  • 14% of teenage children had been a victim of violence in the last 12 months
  • 39% of teens had been a victim or witness of violence in the last 12 months
  • 55% of teens said they’d seen real life acts of violence on social media in the last 12 months. 24% said they’d seen children carrying, promoting, or using weapons.
  • 65% of teens said they’d changed their behaviour to keep themselves safe from violence in the last 12 months. 14% had been absent from school out of fear. A further 14% said it caused them to lose concentration, because of worry. 16% avoided going to a social event. And 2% even said that their fear had led to them carrying a weapon.

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