The impact of COVID-19 on children and families in Scotland: Understanding needs and services through local social work data

Year: 2021
Topic: Child protection
Author: Alex McTier and Ruth Sills

This report was prepared by CELCIS in collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders in Scotland to inform the Scottish Government Children and Families Collective Leadership Group's consideration of the impact of COVID-19 on children and families.

The weekly SOLACE data return provided by local authorities since April 2020 continues to be a key data source in helping to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Scotland's children and young people in need of care and protection. The data has been widely used by Ministers and to inform the Children and Families Leadership Group and local planning.