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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 1.3 shows the number of children who started being looked after between 2001-02 and 2010-11. Please note that a child will be counted more than once if they started being looked after more than once during the reporting year.

There were 4,845 children who started to be looked after during 1 August 2010 and 31 July 2011. Although there was virtually no change, this was a decrease of 0.3 per cent compared with the same period the previous year, and is at its lowest level since 2005-06.

Over time, the figures show that there are has been an increasing trend in the number of younger children starting to be looked after, whilst the number of children aged 12 or older starting to be looked after has been falling.

Table 1.3: Number of children starting to be looked after 2002-2011, by age and gender

Age/gender Children starting to be looked after in year ending Percentage of 2011 total
31st March… 31st July
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Male
Under 1 139 146 179 218 220 207 280 323 335 384 15
1-4 516 457 483 433 523 593 600 580 596 576 23
5-11 702 783 732 666 748 864 834 830 792 782 32
12-15 1,070 1,021 949 949 986 1,043 932 995 816 699 28
16-17 210 163 142 100 140 164 133 33 32 37 1
18-21         9 7 2 3 0 0 0
Not known       1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,637 2,570 2,485 2,367 2,626 2,878 2,781 2,764 2,571 2,478 100
Female
Under 1 120 123 187 182 195 205 222 318 315 327 14
1-4 427 393 417 424 470 564 532 558 550 565 24
5-11 583 568 626 589 545 649 703 733 671 734 31
12-15 781 753 750 695 810 835 826 805 739 723 31
16-17 130 108 100 74 79 110 92 22 13 18 1
18-21         8 4 3 1 0 0 0
Not known       1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,042 1,943 2,079 1,965 2,107 2,367 2,378 2,437 2,288 2,367 100
All people
Under 1 259 268 366 400 415 412 502 641 650 711 15
1-4 943 850 900 857 993 1,157 1,132 1,138 1,146 1,141 24
5-11 1,285 1,350 1,357 1,255 1,293 1,513 1,537 1,563 1,463 1,516 31
12-15 1,852 1,773 1,699 1,644 1,796 1,878 1,758 1,800 1,555 1,422 29
16-17 340 271 242 175 219 274 225 55 45 55 1
18-21         17 11 5 4 0 0 0
Not known       2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4,678 4,513 4,564 4,333 4,733 5,245 5,159 5,201 4,859 4,845 100

Notes: Table excludes planned series of short term placements.
Figures for 2010-11 are provisional and may be revised in 2011-12.
Falkirk did not provide information on children starting to be looked after in 2007-08.
Prior to 2008, table includes rounded estimates wherever local authorities were not able to provide information.
Prior to 2005 'unknowns' were allocated to a category rather than being reported as unknown. For this reason, totals do not always exactly equal the sum of their parts, due to rounding.
The number of looked after children aged 18+ was not asked for prior to 2006.
A child may start to be looked after more than once in a year and so may be counted more than once.
Changes between 2003-04 and 2004-05 are partly due to improved recording.
The 18-21 category in this table may include a small number of looked after young people who were over 21yrs
Due to rounding, the percentage totals may not equal the sum of their parts
The number of children starting to be looked after during 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 was 5,191.


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