A National Statistics Publication for Scotland
Official and National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics at http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/code-of-practice-for-official-statistics.pdf. Both undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs and are produced free from any political interference.
Statistics assessed, or subject to assessment, by the UK Statistics Authority carry the National Statistics label, a stamp of assurance that the statistics have been produced and explained to high standards and that they serve the public good.
Further information about Official and National Statistics can be found on the UK Statistics Authority website at www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has previously designated the Children Looked After and Child Protection statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
- meet identified user needs;
- are well explained and readily accessible;
- are produced according to sound methods, and
- are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.
However, as these designated National Statistics are now included in this compendium publication (which also includes non-assessed National Statistics), the Scottish Government will approach the UK Statistics Authority again to have this new compendium publication assessed for National Statistics compliance.
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT STATISTICIAN GROUP
To provide relevant and reliable information, analysis and advice that meet the needs of government, business and the people of Scotland.
For more information on the Statistician Group, please see the Scottish Government website at www.scotland.gov.uk/statistics
Email: Denise Macleod