The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has published their Official Statistics 2018/19 today, Thursday 25 July 2019.

The full set of statistics includes:

The statistics show that in 2018/19, 12,869 children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Children’s Reporter:

  • 10,881 on non-offence (care and protection) grounds     
  • 2,824 on offence grounds                                                                                                                                 

Of the 12,869 children and young people referred, 84.6% had care and protection (non-offence) referrals. Some (836) children and young people had both care and protection and offence referrals in the year.

Lack of parental care is the most common ground (the reason) a child or young person is referred to the Reporter. More children are referred on this ground in the first year of their life than any other age.

The figure of 12,869 children and young people referred to the Reporter in 2018/19 equates to 1.4% of all children and young people in Scotland.

The most common ages for children and young people to be referred to the Reporter continue to be 14 and 15 years. This has historically been the case for both care and protection and offence grounds but this year, 13 and 14 are the most common ages for care and protection grounds.

In 2018/19, 31,653 Children’s Hearings were held across Scotland for 13,667 children and young people.

The number of children and young people with Child Protection Orders (CPOs) in 2018/19 was 562. Of the 562, 24.6% were aged under 20 days old.

At 31 March 2019, 9,206 children and young people were subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders. Of the 9,206 children and young people subject to a Compulsory Supervision Order, 84.5% have only ever been referred on care and protection grounds.

The full set of Official Statistics can be seen detail in the Resources section of SCRA’s website.

You can also view our interactive statistical dashboard here.

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