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Children and Young People

Young boy doing homeworkThis section gives information on Children and Young People statistics, including data on looked after children, children on the child protection register, young people in secure accommodation, and early learning and childcare data.

The latest Children's Social Work Statistics publication (2017/18) is available here.

The latest Education Outcomes of Scotland's Looked After Children publication (2016/17) is available here.

The equality evidence for these topics is available on the Scottish Government Equality Evidence website and evidence finder.

If you can't find what you're looking for, use the Search Statistics page.

The Looked After Children Data Strategy 2015 is available here.

Children and Young People Statistics

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Children's Social Work Statistics 2017-18

  • At 31 July 2018, there were an estimated 14,738 looked after children - a decrease of 1% from 2017. This is the sixth consecutive year the number of looked after children has decreased.
  • At 31 July 2018, there were an estimated 2,668 children on the child protection register. The number of children on the child protection register increased slightly in 2018, but remains lower than the recent peak recorded in 2014.
  • There were an average of 81 residents in secure care accommodation throughout 2017-18, an increase of 7% from 76 residents in the previous year.

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