There are over 82,000 children and young people in the region, approximately 22% of the total population. Although the population of children and young people up to the age of 25 will remain relatively stable, the number of children aged 10-15 in the region is expected to decline by 8% by 2031. It is estimated that 6,105 children and young people live with a long-term condition or disability.
Children and young people are considered under the following three groups:
The region has a lower number of looked After Children (LAC) than the national average. The Capped 9-point score (Year 11 pupils’ best 9 results from qualifications available in Wales) is 361.7, above the Wales average of 353.8.
At 14%, the number of young people not in education, employment or training in West Wales is marginally lower than the Welsh average.