Publication - Statistics

Children's social work statistics 2017-2018

Published: 26 Mar 2019
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.

48 page PDF

1.3 MB

48 page PDF

1.3 MB

Children's social work statistics 2017-2018
Addenda / Errata

48 page PDF

1.3 MB

ISBN 978 1 78781 691 6 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 537206

Addenda / Errata


An Addenda was published on 13th August 2019 in order to release data on the usage of emergency and short term beds in secure units. This data was not available when this publication was initially released on 26th March 2019. Table 3.2 has been updated to include the emergency and short term bed usage statistics, along with the commentary accompanying the table. More information on the Addenda is available in the Background Notes, sections 4.16 to 4.18. 

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


An Errata was published on 27th March 2019 as a result of date changes on PDF pages 1, where 'Comparisons to 2017-18' was changed to 'Comparisons to 2016-17'.

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


Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, 2017-18

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
Continuing Care
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?

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

A National Statistics publication for Scotland