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Children's social work statistics 2016-2017

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

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Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, 2016-17

At 31 July 2017, 16,780 children in Scotland were looked after or on the child protection register

2% of all children in Scotland were looked after or on the child protection register

2,631 total on child protection register
14,897 total looked after
658 both

80 young people were in secure care accommodation

Comparisons with 2015-16:

3% decrease in number of children looked after
3% decrease in number of children on child protection register
9 fewer young people, on average, during the year in secure care accommodation

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