Social Care

Click on our infographic to see the key facts from this indicator set. Children and social care in Glasgow infographic - if you require a transcript or an accessible version please email info@gcph.co.uk

In Glasgow:

  • Over 2,600 children & young people in Glasgow were referred to the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration in 2019/20; the rate of children referred was 88% higher than the Scottish average
  • Over 2,500 children were looked after in Glasgow as at 31st July 2019; 2.3% of the child population, the highest rate of any authority within Scotland
  • There were 405 children aged 0-15 on the Child Protection Register at 31st July 2019, equivalent to 0.41% of the child population


  • Glasgow tends to have a higher level of recorded crimes and incidents than other neighbouring local authorities and other Scottish cities, although reported levels of many crimes have been declining since 2006.

The link between child vulnerability and poverty/deprivation is widely documented. In this section of Understanding Glasgow, the high levels of deprivation in Glasgow are reflected through a comparison of a number of key indicators of child vulnerability against national figures and figures for other Scottish cities or authorities. This shows the significant challenge for Glasgow in tackling child vulnerability.

The selection of indicators presented highlight different aspects of children's safety, including: children referred to the SCRA (Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration), looked after children and children on child protection register., 

Targets and strategies in relation to safety are summarised and other sources of related information are highlighted in the resources section.  Notes on the data used in this section are summarised.  Additional community safety indicators affecting the whole population are described within the main set of Glasgow indicators.

The data on the Understanding Glasgow website comes from a variety of administrative sources and surveys, and the frequency of updates to these sources varies. The graphs and text on each page should indicate the period to which an indicator refers.  In some cases, where more recently published data is not available, we still use older published sources, such as the 2011 Census. Find out more about the timeliness of data presented on this website.