Improving outcomes for children, young people and families: review of Children’s Services Plans and strategic engagement activity

Summary review of children’s services plans for 2020 to 2023, in line with the Children and Young Peoples (Scotland) Act 2014, statutory guidance part 3. Highlighting key strengths, areas for development and details from strategic engagement with local children’s services planning strategic leads.

Appendix F – Indicators and Data Sources

Table 1 – Most commonly used indicators[19]in Children's Services Plans

Most commonly used indicators

  • Percentage of eligible children identified as having 1 or more concerns at the 27-30 months review (ISD Child Health 27-30 Month Review Statistics Scotland)
  • Number of exclusively breastfed babies at 6-8 weeks (ISD Infant Feeding Statistics Scotland)
  • Rates of referrals to CAMHS (ISD Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Scotland)
  • Percentage of referrals to CAMHS started treatment within 18 months (ISD Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Scotland)
  • Number of looked after children age 0-17 (Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland)
  • Number of looked after children by type of accommodation (Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland)
  • Percentage of looked after children school leavers who enter a positive destination (Local Government Benchmarking Framework)
  • Attendance rate of primary/secondary school for looked after children (Local Government Benchmarking Framework)
  • Number of children referred to the Children's Reporter for offences (SCRA Official Statistics)
  • Number of children in receipt of free school meals (School Healthy Living Survey statistics)
  • Percentage of children in households with an income below 60% of the median (Child poverty statistics)
  • Percentage of young people secured positive post-school destinations in employment, training, volunteering, or further/higher education (SDS)
  • Number of school exclusions (Local Government Benchmarking Framework)
  • Percentage of children with a healthy weight at P1 (ISD, Body Mass Index of P1 Children in Scotland)
  • Percentage of children aged 2-15 at risk of being obese (Scottish Health Survey)
  • Percentage of P1/P7 children with obvious decay in their permanent teeth (Scottish Health Survey)

Table 2 – List of Data Sources used in Children's Services Plans

Data sources used in the CSPs

ISD Scotland

Local Government Benchmarking Framework



Realigning Children's Services – Local Wellbeing Survey

Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland

Homelessness in Scotland

SCRA Official Statistics

School Healthy Living Statistics

Child Poverty Statistics

Fuel Poverty and Extreme Fuel Poverty Estimates

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

Curriculum for Excellence – OECD review

School Level Summary Statistics

School Exclusion Statistics

Scottish Health Survey

Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Evidence Review

Pupil Census

Summary Statistics for Attainment and Initial Leaver Destinations


Domestic Abuse Statistics


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