Children and Young People

Young boy doing homeworkThis section gives information on Children and Young People statistics, including data on looked after children, children on the child protection register, young people in secure accommodation and pre-school data.


Our Publications give specific information and High Level Trends give a brief overview of our key statistics. There is detailed information on our surveys within the Data Supplier Area.


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Statistics Topic

Featured High Level Trend

Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, 2013-14

  • 15,580 children were looked after - down three per cent from 2013 and the second consecutive year of decline, reversing the upwards trend which was in place from 2001 to 2012.
  • 2,882 children were on the child protection register – an increase of nine per cent since 2013 and 44 per cent since 2001
  • 81 young people were in secure care accommodation.

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High Level Summary of Statistics Trends

Children and Young People statistics in more detail

Recent statistical publications on Children and Young People, including background information, and other selected sources.

Social Work Analysis Presentation with an Explanatory Note
Analysis and description of Social Work Performance

Data Supplier Area
Guidance and forms for our data suppliers.

Data Access
Guidance on requesting access to data held by Information and Analytical Services.

Consultation - ScotStat
Consultation and planning arrangements for Children and Young People statistical collections.

Related Areas and Links
Associated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.

Our contact information.