Corporate Parent, SCRA has published statistics today about children and young people referred to the Reporter.

The figures show that 15,118  children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Children’s Reporter in 2016/17.

Some children and young people are referred to the Reporter on non-offence grounds (because there is concern about their welfare) while some are referred on offence grounds because they have got into trouble with the police.

In 2016/17, 13,254 children/young people were referred on non-offence (care and protection) grounds and 2,995 were referred on offence grounds.

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

The statistics, which were published on Thursday 27 July, also show the number of children and young people with Child Protection Orders (CPOs). These are made where there is immediate and significant concern about a child or young person. In 2016/17, there was 687 children/young people on CPOs and a quarter of them were for very young children (children aged under 20 days.)

In 2016/17, 3,174 children and young people had a new Compulsory Supervision Order (CSO) made on grounds referred, with 9,996 children and young people subject to CSOs at 31 March 2017.

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

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