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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 2017, cover the period 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017.

The statistics show that in 2016/17, 15,118 children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Reporter:

  • 13,254 on non-offence (care and protection) grounds
  • 2,995 on offence grounds

The figure of 15,118 represents 1.7% of all children and young people in Scotland. Within this, 1.4% 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.

In 2016/17, 25.8% of all children and young people referred to the Reporter were aged under 20 days and 48.9% were aged under two. The number of children and young people with Child Protection Orders (CPOs) increased significantly in the year (up by 15.5%), with 687 having CPOs in the year (up from 595 in 2015/16). 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 2016/17 can be accessed.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children

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