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Children Looked After Statistics 2007-08, 26/11/08 [S]

This publication contains statistics on children who were looked after by or eligible for aftercare services from local authorities between 1 st April 2007 and 31 st March 2008.

Among the main findings were:

  • At 31 st March 2008 there were 14,886 children looked after by local authorities, an increase of six per cent since 2007. The number of children looked after has increased every year since 2001, and is at its highest since 1983.
  • At 31 st March 2008, forty three per cent of children looked after were placed at home with parents, and sixteen per cent were looked after by friends or relatives. Twenty nine per cent were looked after by foster carers. Eleven per cent were in residential accommodation.
  • Fifty five per cent of young people ceasing to be looked after above school leaving age during 2007-08 had a pathway plan on the date they were discharged, and fifty seven per cent had a pathway coordinator.
For full details see the publication Children Looked After Statistics 2007-08 and the news release which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information


Children Looked After Statistics 2007-08
Young people in care