Vulnerable and at risk groups
In Stockport there are people within the community who are more likely to be vulnerable or at risk due to a mixture of characteristics and conditions which increase susceptibility to poorer health and difficulty accessing services.
- Benefits data suggests that in Stockport there are 6,500 people with mental health problems, 11,600 people with a physical or sensory impairment, 100 asylum seeker households and 2,700 who are looking for work.
- Other estimates suggest that there are over 5,000 adults with a learning disability and around 2,500 people with autism.
- There were 5,000 incidents of domestic abuse reported in a year and 3,000 children subject of a domestic abuse referral.
- Over 500 households made a homeless application. Domestic abuse was the most common reason for homelessness.
Key issues for commissioners
- People who are vulnerable often experience multiple, complex problems and enduring disadvantage.
- When commissioning services, consider the size of the population in need and the levels and type of additional support that may be needed by particular vulnerable groups.
- Safeguard the most vulnerable children and young people and families so that they have the opportunity to thrive.
- Improve the physical health and lifestyles of those with serious mental health conditions. Mortality is 4 times the average in Stockport for those with serious mental health conditions.