Vulnerable in social competency

What is it?

Vulnerable in Social Competence is based on the percent of Kindergarten children who scored below the vulnerability cut-off (5.6 out of 10) in areas of social development that include curiosity about the world around them, following rules, and ability to play and work with other children.

Why is it important?

Children who are vulnerable in social development are those with poor overall social skills, experience difficulty getting along with other children, accepting responsibility for own actions, following routines, and difficulty with self-confidence, self control, or adjustment to change. This can impact academic achievement, social and mental health, as well as behaviour problems later in life. Competency in social skills is an integral part of building healthy relationships, which supports long-term mental health.

What does it mean?

Children in Toronto are less vulnerable in Social Competence as compared to Ontario as a whole. In 2014/15, 9.5% of Toronto children were vulnerable in Social Competence as compared to 10.7% in Ontario as a whole. Figure 1 shows that neighbourhoods with a high percentage of children vulnerable in Social Competence are found across the City. Figure 2 shows that neighbourhoods with a higher Inequities Score were more likely to have children who are vulnerable in Social Competency. Figure 3 shows that in Social Competence, boys are more than twice as likely as girls to be vulnerable.

Figure 1: Percent of children who are vulnerable by neighbourhood, Toronto, 2014/15