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New children’s social services data report published

Posted in News on Wednesday, 30 January 2019
 New children’s social services data report published

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today published the Children’s Services Workforce 2017 report, taking a detailed look at the children’s social services workforce.

The data in the report supplements the information published in the SSSC’s Scottish Social Service Sector Report on 2017 Workforce Data. It is the second such report and the SSSC plan to continue publishing it annually.

SSSC Chief Executive Lorraine Gray said:

‘Our workforce data is important to help the sector understand the make-up of the workforce as they plan for future demand for social services. 

‘This is particularly important in early learning and childcare, 77% of all staff working in day care of children services, ahead of the Scottish Government’s pledge to provide 1140 free hours for three and four-year-olds from 2020.’

Key points

• The size of the workforce in children’s services has increased to 55,840, a rise of 480 since 2016.
• This is 28% of the Scottish social service workforce as a whole.
• 41% of the children’s services workforce work in the public sector, followed by 38% private and 21% voluntary. However, different sub-sectors have different profiles.
• The largest sub-sector is day care of children with a workforce of 34,020. Of these, 26,300 staff (77%) work in services that provide ELC funded childcare places.
• Residential child care and school care accommodation have a higher proportion of men in their workforces than the social service workforce as a whole. The school hostel part of school care accommodation is an exception, which has the same proportion.

As well as looking at children’s services as a whole, the report looks more closely at the sub-sectors: day care of children, residential child care and school care accommodation. It also looks in detail at early learning and childcare, which is a subset of day care of children services.

Download the report here.


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