ScotGov: Annual Statistics on child protection in Scotland in 2006-07 have been published and the headline messages include:
* In 2006-07, there were 11,960 child protection referrals, spilt fairly evenly between the sexes
* For 85% of children who were subject to a case conference, the primary known/suspected abuser was the child's birth parent (where this was known)
* In 2006-07, the number of registrations on to child protection registers as a result of emotional abuse were up by 26%, and by physical neglect were up by 21%
* The number of registrations due to sexual abuse were down by 11%
Press release ~ Child Protection Statistics 2006/07 ~ ScotGov Child Protection Reform Programme ~ The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 ~ "It's everyone's job to make sure I'm alright" - Report of the Child Protection Audit and Review
ScotGov: Crime covered by the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey (SCVS) 2007 increased by an estimated 13% between 2003-04 and 2005-06, according a research report published by the Scottish Government.
22% of people had been the victim of at least one household or personal crime, but there has been no statistically significant change in this figure in recent years.
Longer term, crime against households appears to have fallen, specifically housebreaking and theft from motor vehicles. Crime against the person has increased, mainly driven by the number of minor assaults recorded
Press release ~ 2006 Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey: Main Findings ~ Drugs Misuse in Scotland: Findings From the 2006 Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey ~ Victims of Crime in Scotland ~ Victim Support Scotland ~ Scottish Business Crime Centre ~ SCDEA e-crime
DfT: The Department for Transport has published ‘Road Casualties Great Britain 2006: Annual Report’", which provides headline final figures on the number of people killed & injured on the roads in Great Britain in 2006, based on information about accidents reported to the police, that were first published in June 2007.
This report provides more detailed information about accident circumstances, vehicle involvement and the consequent casualties in 2006, along with some of the key trends in accidents and casualties. There are also six articles containing further analysis on specific topics.
Press release ~ 'Road Casualties Great Britain: 2006 - Annual Report' ~ Contributory factors to road accidents ~ DfT - Transport accidents and casualties
IPCC: The Forum for Preventing Deaths in Custody - an independently-chaired high level group to reduce deaths in custody - has published its first annual report. The Forum has found that approximately 600 people die each year in custody.
Although many of these deaths are through natural causes, some follow as a result of apparent suicide attempts and others from other non-natural causes. The Forum believes that some of these deaths could and should have been prevented.
The work of the Forum includes deaths of people in prison, police stations, immigration detention and secure mental hospitals. It also focuses on those who have been released from custody and are under supervision of the National Probation Service.