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 |
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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