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Equality, Poverty & Welfare Analysis Team
Communities Analytical Services
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Statistics in more details

Playing ChildrenSummary: Children and Families

Age
  • At 31 July 2015, there were 15,404 children being looked after by local authorities which is 1.4% of the 0-17 population.  There were 2,751 children on the child protection register, and the number of young people in secure care accommodation at this date was 84. There were 97,262 local authority funded early learning and childcare (ELC) child registrations at September 2015, although this may be an overestimate.

Source: Scottish Government, Children's Social Work Statistics publication
            Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No. 6:  2015 Edition
 

 

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Age and Children and Families Page

Age Page

Disability
  • The Scottish Government does not currently have information on disability in relation to children and families.  Information that was previously labelled as 'disability' does not meet the definition of disability outlined in the Equality Act 2010 and is more accurately described as additional support needs.  The Scottish Government will implement a new disability question from 2015/16 for children looked after, child protection and secure care accommodation data collections.

 

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Disability and Children and Families Page

Disability Page

Ethnicity
  • At 31 July 2015, 90% of all children looked after were reported as being from a ‘White’ ethnic group, as well as 75% of all children on the children protection register. Please note that 20% of all children on the CP register were reported as having a ‘Not Known’ ethnic group. 8.3% of children registered for early learning and childcare (ELC) in September 2015 whose home language was not English.

Sources:
Scottish Government, Additional Tables that accompany the Children's Social Work Statistics 2014-15 publication
Additional Tables that accompany the 'Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, 2015 Edition' publication

 

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Ethnicity and Children and Families Page

Ethnicity Page 

Gender
  • Of the 4,198 children who started to be looked after during 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 - 53% were boys and 47% were girls. On the child protection register at 31 July 2015, there were 50% boys and 45% girls with the others unborn. 69% of those in secure care at this date were boys.

Source: Scottish Government, Additional Tables that accompany the Children's Social Work Statistics 2014-15 publication

 

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Gender and Children and Families Page

Gender Page

Religion
  • As at 31 July 2015, the religion of 75% of children on child protection registers was unknown, 16% had no religion and 9% had a religion.

Source: Scottish Government, Additional Tables that accompany the Children's Social Work Statistics 2014-15 publication

 

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Religion and Children and Families Page

Religion Page

Sexual Orientation

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on gay, lesbian and bisexual people in relation to children and families.

Transgender

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on transgender people in relation to children and families.

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’

Where available, equality breakdowns of progress against this National Indicator can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Increase the proportion of healthy weight children , Data Tables (including Age, Gender and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)

Publications and Outputs

Future Developments

Future Developments

Data on Child Protection

Individual level data over time is available from 2012/13 and will allow for greater analysis of the data.

See http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Children/SurveyChildProtection for further information.

Data on Children Looked After

Education outcomes was published for the sixth time in June 2016.  The publication links school and social work data to present information on the attainment, post-school destinations of looked after young people who leave school, and the school attendance and exclusion rates of all looked after children.

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Contacts

Contacts

Children and Families

children.statistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

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