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Summary: Gender and Children and Families

familySummary: Gender and Children and Families

  • There were 4,186 children who started to be looked after from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017. There is no strong gender pattern among children on the child protection register – 54% were boys and 46% were girls.
  • There were 2,631 children on the child protection register as at 31 July 2017. There is no strong gender pattern among children on the child protection register – 48% were boys, 47% were girls and the remaining 5% were unborn children.
  • 58% of young people in secure care accommodation on 31 July 2017 were boys, compared to 74% on 31st July 2016. The very small number of young people in secure care makes it difficult to determine whether this gender imbalance is accidental or not.

Source: Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland 2016/17 (Last updated: March 2018)

 
  • For children looked after there is little gender difference in rates of attendance. Bigger differences are seen for those young people in residential accommodation, but numbers in these settings are relatively small, and differences should therefore be treated with caution.

Source: Education Outcomes for Looked After Children 2015/16 (Last updated: June 2017)

 

Useful Links

Gender Page

Children and Families Page

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.

National Indicator number 17: Increase the proportion of healthy weight children, data table

- progress against this National Indicator, broken down by Gender, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland 2016/17 (March 2018) A compendium of statistics on looked after children, child protection and secure care statistics. Covers age, gender, religion and additional support needs

Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.8: 2017 Edition (December 2017) Contains the results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, early learning and childcare data , school estates data, attendance and absence data and exclusions data. It includes statistics on teachers by age and gender; and on pupils by ethnicity, gender and additional support needs

 

Education Outcomes for Looked After Children 2015/16 (June 2017) This 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. Includes breakdowns by gender

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Gender Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to gender

Data

Data

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by gender

 

Future Developments

Future Developments

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.

Links

External Links

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External Research Organisations

Scottish Children's Reporter Administration - Produces statistics on children and young people referred to a Children's Hearing. Includes breakdowns by age and gender

Contacts

Contacts

Children & Families

children.statistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk