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Key demographics

  • An estimated 60,302 children and young people aged 0-19 years (CYP) live in Trafford, making up around 1 in 4 (25.6%) of the total population (ONS Mid-2017 estimates)
  • Based on data from the 2017 school census, nearly a third (31.5%) of school children belong to a Black and Minority Ethnic group.
  • Between 2016 and 2031 the CYP population is projected to grow by 4,300 (7.2%), proportionally slightly higher than growth across England (5.3%) (ONS 2016-based subnational population projections)
  • Based on the definition in the 2015 Indices of Deprivation, 14% of Trafford under 16s live are living in poverty, but this rises to 39% in Bucklow-St-Martins in the West of the borough.
  • Educational achievement overall in Trafford is better than average; however some groups within Trafford fare worse.  For instance 73% of children have reached a good level of development by the end of Reception, but the equivalent figure for children on free school meals is 48% (significantly worse than the England average for this group).

Indicators of health and wellbeing

  • Indicators of population health and wellbeing among CYP in Trafford are generally better or similar to the England average.  For instance, the infant and child mortality rate are a summary measure of overall health in this population and for Trafford is similar to England average.
  • However, there are some issues in particular, where similar or better than England does not mean ‘good’.  For instance, 17.6% of Year 6 children in Trafford are obese – better than the England average, but still amounting to a substantial public health issue locally.
  • There are also wide social inequalities between areas and groups within Trafford.   For instance, the prevalence of obesity in children living in the most deprived 10% of areas in Trafford is more than double that of children living in the least deprived 10%.
  • The rate of children in care in Trafford is significantly worse than the England average, high among a group of similar authorities and rising over time.
  • Rates of hospital admissions in certain age groups (e.g. emergency admissions in under 5s) are significantly high relative to England.   Local analysis suggests that this is likely to reflect patterns of health seeking behaviour and/or access to community services as opposed to a higher level of underlying illness in the population.

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