Social Exclusion

Social exclusion – ‘the failure of society to provide certain individuals and groups with those rights and benefits normally available to the majority of people in a society, such as employment, adequate housing, health care, education and training and the ability to participate in the normal relationships and activities’.

Research commissioned by the Department of Health in 2010 found that people from socially excluded groups experience poor health outcomes across a range of indicators (including: self-reported health, life expectancy and morbidity).

Individuals and groups that are most likely to become socially excluded include:

  • elderly
  • children and young people
  • people with low educational attainment
  • single parents
  • unemployed people
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with disabilities (physical and mental)
  • BME groups
  • People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
  • People who are homeless or living in inadequate housing
  • Offenders


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