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Summary: Disability and Children & Families

familySummary: Disability and Children and Families

  • In 2016, 7% of children and young people (aged under 16) had a limiting long-term physical or mental health condition. Boys were significantly more likely than girls to have a limiting long-term condition (9% and 6% respectively).

Source: Scottish Health Survey 2016 (Last updated: October 2017)


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Disability Page

Children and Families Page

Looked after children
  • 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.

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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