Children's Social Work Statistics
Source: The Scottish Government
Description: Local authorities have a responsibility to provide support, security and accommodation to certain children and young people. This publication gives the characteristics of these children in Scotland and combines information which prior to 2002/03 and between 2005/06 and 2008/09 was previously published separately (links below to access historical data).
Key variables: This publication covers children looked after, child protection and young people in secure care.
Figures available by: Gender, age group, ethnicity, disability status, accommodation type, with a current care plan, starting to be looked after, ceasing to be looked after by length of time, eligible for aftercare, short term placements, children on Child Protection Registers, registrations following initial Case Conference by category of abuse/risk identified at conference, De-registrations by category of abuse, length of time registered and reason for de-registrations, number of secure care and close support units, capacity and usage, staff, children, admissions and discharges.
Frequency of publication: Annual
In June 2018, the figures for the number of children who were both looked after and on the child protection register were corrected within the 2016-17 publication. This correction affects figures previously published for all years from 2012-13 to 2016-17. Any previously published figures for 2012-13 to 2015-16 are now superseded and should not be used. Please see the 2016-17 publication for more information.
In December 2018, the figures in chart 5 and table 2.3 of the main tables were revised for the years 2012/13 to 2016/17. These figures are for the length of time children spent on the child protection register before being deregistered. These figures were corrected within the 2016-17 publication and the effect of the correction detailed in the newly added Annex C. This correction affects figures previously published for all years from 2012-13 to 2016-17. Any previously published figures for 2012-13 to 2015-16 are now superseded and should not be used. Please see the 2016-17 publication for more information.
* Part of combined Children's Social Work Statistics publication
For historical information:-Children looked after | Child protection | Residential care