Parents, friends and family are at high risk of becoming involved in child and family engineering, and a number of strategies are being deployed to protect children and their families from the risks.
In the latest report from the Child and Family Engagement Alliance, released on Tuesday, it was revealed that children and young people between the ages of 10 and 19 are the most likely to be engaged in family, friends or family activities.
The report found that between April 1 and December 31, 2017, 5.3 million children and children under 18 were actively involved in a family, friend or family activity, with 1.2 million of those aged 10 to 17 involved.
Around 6.5 million young people aged between 10 and 17 were involved in some form of activity, which ranged from activities like playing sports or reading, to activities like visiting museums or seeing family and friends.
In 2017, 3.3% of children aged 10-17 had been involved in an activity, compared to 2.7% of all children aged 12 to 17.
Around 11% of young people had been actively involved with a family activity in the previous 12 months, and this was up from 5.5% in 2017.
The Alliance report also found that children aged 15-17 were most at risk of being involved with family and family activities and were most likely in contact with their parents, grandparents and aunts.
However, it also found more than 60% of those under 18 had been in contact at least once with their mother or aunts, which increased from 40% in 2016.
Over half of young families in England were not in contact for any reason in 2017, with around three quarters of young parents not having spoken to their children in at least two years.
There are also reports of young children not being allowed to go outside during school breaks and not being able to participate in sports and social activities.
However there were also positive trends across different age groups.
There were more children aged between 5 and 14 who were actively engaged in the family activities of sport, reading and playing, compared with their peers.
However over half of the young people who were in contact in 2017 were not physically active, with the number of physical activity-related injuries being down on last year.
According to the report, parents and children can also take steps to protect themselves from being a target of child and young person activity by making sure they are not in a group with children under the age of 15.
The Children’s Commissioner, Sue Hodge, said: ‘These numbers show that there are huge gaps between the number and the risk of child abuse in our country.’
The Alliance’s findings will help us make sure that all children and youth are protected, and that we take steps when there is a risk to protect our children from child and youth abuse.