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STATISTICS ON LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND

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The number of children being looked after in Scotland by local authorities has decreased over the last ten years. T...
The number of children being looked after in Scotland by local authorities has decreased over the last ten years. There were nearly 11,000 children looked after in Scotland at 31 March 1998 compared to slightly over 12,000 at 31 March 1988.

The details are contained in a publication information on looked after children published by The Scottish Office.

The information covers the year to 31 March 1997 and the year to 31 March 1998. The main points are:

- At 31 March 1998 there were 10, 791 children being looked after by local authorities in Scotland. This represents 9.4 children per 1,000 population aged 0 - 17 years.

- Around 58 per cent of the children looked after are boys and around 57 per cent of the children are aged 12 years or older.

- Just over half of the children looked after are accommodated at home and 25 per cent are accommodated with foster carers.

- The number of children looked after per 1,000 population aged 0 - 17 years varies considerably between authorities.

NOTES

1. An information note is available as an annex to this release by

telephoning 0131 244 2968. It is also available on The Scottish Office

website www.scotland.gov.uk.

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