SCRA official statistics for 2018/19 published

Date: 30th July 2019
Category: Protection from abuse or neglect, Child justice system


Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) released the figures on 25th July. They show that in the last year, 12,869 children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Children’s Reporter and 31,653 Children’s Hearings were held.

Of the referrals:

10,881 were on care and protection grounds

2,824 were on offence grounds

Some 836 children and young people were referred on both care and protection and offence grounds.

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.

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 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.

The number of children and young people subject to Compulsory Supervisions Orders as at 31st March 2019 was 9206. Of these, 84.5% had only ever been referred on care and protection grounds.