Publication - Statistics publication

Children's social work statistics 2016-2017

Published: 27 Mar 2018
Children and Families Directorate
Part of:
Children and families, Statistics

The latest data on children and young people looked after, on the child protection register and in secure care.

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

ISBN 978 1 78851 746 1 (Web only publication)

This document is also available in pdf format (1.3 MB)
The Tables and Charts are also available in Excel 97-2004 format (886 KB) and XML spreadsheet (351 KB)
Additional Tables are available in Excel 97-2004 format (5.9 MB) and XML spreadsheet (763 KB)
Child protection - impact of correction November 2018 - Tables are available in Excel 97-2004 format (37 KB) and XML spreadsheet (14 KB)



An Errata was published on 4 December 2018 to update PDF page 1, the text has been updated to read: 658 both. Changes on pdf page 18 to Table 2.3 and to Page 19, Chart 5 and the supporting text has been updated to read: Similarly to registrations, the number of deregistrations from the child protection register increased between 2010 and 2015, but has decreased slightly in 2016 and 2017. There is a decrease in the percentage of children spending 6 months to under 1 year on the register, while the percentage of children spending under 6 months on the register has slightly increased. (Chart 5). Added Annex C has been added.

The HTML, Supporting Documents and PDF have been updated to reflect these changes.


Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, 2016-17

What do these statistics include?
How do children come to be counted in these figures?

Children Looked After
Placement type
Care Plan
Children starting and ceasing to be looked after
Pathway Plans
Aftercare services
Cross-UK looked after comparisons

Child Protection
Children on the child protection register
Child protection registrations and deregistrations
Child Protection Register Geographical Comparisons
Within Scotland
Cross-UK child protection comparisons

Secure Care Accommodation
Bed complement
Capacity and usage
Cross-UK secure care accommodation comparisons

What are the trends in other children's social work data?
Are these figures accurate?

Background notes
1. Context and related publications
2. Data sources and coverage
3. Definitions and notation
4. Data Quality and revisions
5. Enquiries

Annex A: Publication tables

Annex B: Additional tables

Annex C: Children’s Social Work Statistics 2016-17: Revision of data on time from registration for all deregistrations

A National Statistics publication for Scotland