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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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REVISION to 2010-11 Looked after children data

Please note that all the 2010-11 looked after children statistics presented in this publication, other than those on aftercare and short term placements, have since been revised. The revised 2010-11 data are available here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Children/PubChildrenSocialWork/ChildrenSW11Tables

Revised time series figures are available here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/03/5229/downloads

The figures quoted below are unrevised.

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Table 1.2 shows the number of children being looked after at 31 July 2011 who had, or did not have, a current care plan.

When children become looked after, a care plan should be produced. The care plan should include detailed information about the child's care, education and health needs, as well as the responsibilities of the local authority, the parents and the child. Other aspects will include details of the child's living arrangements and the involvement (if any) of the child's parents in decisions that may affect the child. The plan should also indicate how long the arrangement is expected to last, how it will come to an end and what will happen at the end. A care plan is considered 'current' if it has been produced or reviewed in the past 12 months.

At 31 July 2011, of the 16,171 children who were being looked after, 96 per cent of them had a current care plan, an increase of 2 percentage points compared with the 94 per cent reported in 2010.

Ninety seven per cent of children who were being looked after at home had a current care plan, compared with 96 per cent of those who were being looked after away from home.

Table 1.2: Children looked after at 31 July 2011 with and without a current care plan

  Looked after at home Looked after away from home Total
With a current care plan 5,274 10,284 15,558
Without a current care plan 163 450 613
Total 5,437 10,734 16,171

Note: Figures are provisional and may be revised in 2011-12


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