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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 2016, cover the period 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016.

The statistics show that in 2015/16, 15,329 children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Reporter:

  • 13,688 on non-offence (care and protection) grounds
  • 2,761 on offence grounds

The figure of 15,329 represents 1.7% of all children and young people in Scotland. Within this, 1.5% of all children and young people were referred on care and protection grounds and 0.6% of all children and young people aged between eight and 16 years were referred on offence grounds.

In 2015/16, 24.9% of all children and young people referred to the Reporter were aged under 20 days and 54.3% were aged under two. The number of children and young people with Child Protection Orders (CPOs) decreased in 2015/16 (down 21.1%), with 595 having CPOs in the year. Proportionately, more CPOs are granted for very young children (especially newborn babies), than any other age. 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 2015/16 can be accessed.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children

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