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Looked After Children in Scotland

New statistics published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician have given an interesting insight into the numbers of looked after children in Scotland.

According to the latest Children’s Social Work Statistics, which include information on children who were looked after, on the child protection register, or in secure care accommodation, 2% of children in Scotland were being looked after by local authorities or on the child protection register on 31st July 2017.

The statistics also show that:

  • 14,897 children were looked after in 2017, a decrease of 3% from 2016, and the fifth consecutive year of decline
  • Foster care remains the most common accommodation for looked after children, accounting for over a third of looked after children (36%), whereas residential care accounts for 10% of looked after children.
  • The number of adoptions of looked after children has generally increased since 2005, and 9% of children (367) leaving care were adopted in 2017, which is the highest recorded level.
  • Permanence Orders have increased every year since 2012, and now stand at 2,050, a 6% increase on 2016.
  • 2,631 children were on the child protection register at the end of July 2017, which is a decrease of 3% since 2016, and the third consecutive year of decrease.
  • Since 2013 there has been a large increase in the number of children leaving the child protection register that had been registered for more than two years, and the number increased from 255 to 282 between 2016 and 2017.

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