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Children's Hearings System: statistics

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration publish annual figures which outline the number and type of referrals each year along with decisions and outcomes.

Their latest figures, published in July 2015, cover the period 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015.

The statistics show that in 2014/15, 15,858 children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Reporter:

  • 14,141 on non-offence (care and protection) grounds
  • 2,981 on offence grounds

The figure of 15,858 represents 1.7% of all children and young people in Scotland. Within this, 1.6% of all children and young people were referred on care and protection grounds and 0.7% of all children and young people aged between eight and 16 years were referred on offence grounds.

There was a proportional increase in the numbers of very young children referred to the Reporter. In 2014/15, 13.3% of all children and young people referred were aged under two. 2014/15 also saw a continuation in the high numbers of children and young people with Child Protection Orders (CPOs) received, with 754 having CPOs in the year. Child Protection Orders are put in place to protect a child from actual or likely significant harm.

In the additional resources below you will find a link to a page from the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration where a full breakdown and analysis of the official statistics for year 2014/15 can be accessed.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children

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