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Thousands of babies at risk of harm, report finds

A report by the children’s commissioner suggests there are 15,800 babies under the age of one considered by local authorities to be vulnerable or highly vulnerable and at risk of harm, but still living at home.

The report looks at how many babies might be vulnerable to severe harm where all three of the so-called toxic trio are present: domestic violence, alcohol or drug dependency and severe mental ill-health. It also suggests that a further 160,000 children aged nought to five, including 25,000 babies under one, live in a household where two of the three risk factors are present.