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Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, No.1: 2012 Edition

Published: 29 Feb 2012
Part of:
Statistics
ISBN:
9781780456805

statistics on children looked after, child protection and secure care and close support accommodation statistics

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Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, No.1: 2012 Edition
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Table 2.1 shows that there were 2,571 children on child protection registers as at 31 July 2011, an increase of 2 per cent compared with 31 March 2010.

Half of all children on child protection registers were boys, whilst 47 per cent were girls. The remaining 3 per cent where 'unborn' children.

At 31 July 2011, there were 80 'unborn' children on child protection registers. However, this figure is not directly comparable with previous years figures due to a change in a way 'unborn' children were to be recorded by local authorities as a result of the revised National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, published by the Scottish Government on 13 December 2010.

Previously, some local authorities did not place 'unborn' children on child protection registers until the child was actually born. The revised National Guidance now states that 'unborn' children should be placed on child protection registers if this is required (and not wait until the child is born).

Half of all children on child protection registers were aged 0-4 years, whilst 31 per cent were aged 5-11 years and 16 per cent were aged 12-15 years. Very few children aged 16 or over are on child protection registers.

Table 2.1: Number of Children on Child Protection Registers: 31 March 2007-2010, and 31 July 2011, by gender and age group

Age group/gender As at 31 March… As at 31 July… % of total Rate per 1,000 Scottish population
(0-15 yrs)
% change
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2011 2011 2010-2011
Boys
0-4 625 598 692 661 647 25% 4.3 -2%
5-10 434 378 446 423 428 17% 2.6 1%
11-15 226 211 215 188 205 8% 1.4 9%
16+ 5 6 4 1 2 0% 0.0 100%
Unknown 0 0 0 2 0 0% - -100%
Total 1,290 1,193 1,357 1,275 1,282 50% 2.7 1%
Girls
0-4 607 602 649 601 630 25% 4.4 5%
5-10 421 409 399 392 375 15% 2.4 -4%
11-15 234 201 231 203 194 8% 1.4 -4%
16+ 10 5 8 3 10 0% 0.2 233%
Unknown 0 1 0 0 0 0% - -
Total 1,272 1,218 1,287 1,199 1,209 47% 2.7 1%
All people
Unborns 31 22 38 44 80 3% - -
0-4 1,232 1,200 1,341 1,262 1,277 50% 4.4 1%
5-10 855 787 845 815 803 31% 2.5 -1%
11-15 460 412 446 391 399 16% 1.4 2%
16+ 15 11 12 4 12 0% 0.1 200%
Unknown 0 1 0 2 0 0% - -100%
Total 2,593 2,433 2,682 2,518 2,571 100% 2.8 2%

Source : General Register Office (Scotland): 2010 mid-year population estimates
Note : For Age 16+, relevant population used was 16-17 years old
Note: The number of 'unborns' on Child Protection Registers prior to 2011 are not directly comparable due to a change in the way these children were to be recorded by local authorities after 1 August 2011 (following the implemenation of the revised National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, published by the Scottish Government on 13 December 2010).


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