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equality-and-poverty-analysis@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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Equality, Poverty & Welfare Analysis Team
Communities Analytical Services
Scottish Government
1F North Victoria Quay
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Statistics in more details

Playing ChildrenSummary: Children and Families

Age
  • At 31 July 2016, there were 15,317 looked after children in Scotland, approximately 0.15% of the 0-17 year old population.

    There were 2,723 children on the child protection register in 2016.

    There were an average of 85 young people resident in secure care accommodation in Scotland throughout 2015-16.

    . There were 97,262 local authority funded early learning and childcare (ELC) child registrations at September 2015, although this may be an overestimate.

 

Useful Links

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.

 

Useful Links

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.

 

Useful Links

Ethnicity and Children and Families Page

Ethnicity Page 

Gender
  • There were 4,116 children who started to be looked after from 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016. There is no strong gender pattern among children on the child protection register – 54% were boys and 46% were girls.
  • There were 2,723 children on the child protection register as at 31 July 2016. There is no strong gender pattern among children on the child protection register – 49% were boys, 47% were girls and the remaining four per cent were unborn children.
  • 74% of young people in secure care accommodation on 31 July 2016 were boys, but the very small number of young people in secure care makes it difficult to determine whether this gender imbalance is accidental or not.

 

Useful Links

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

 

Useful Links

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 more in-depth analysis of the data in future years.

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.

External Links

Contacts

Contacts

Children and Families

children.statistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

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