Research and data in the Scottish Borders: People

Health and wellbeing: children and young people

Why is it important to have data about health and wellbeing in children?

The Scottish Government National Performance Framework states that "Children and young people should grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential". Every child should have equal opportunity to achieve this regardless of gender, background or any other Equalities protected characteristic. We use the latest research and data to make sure Scottish Borders plays its part in making this outcome happens in our region. The information on this page is an analysis of the policy framework, the topics and the evidence that informs this national outcome.

Scottish Borders Policy framework

Corporate Plan

The 2018-23 Scottish Borders Corporate Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next five years. It consists of eight corporate priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the Strategic Assessment. 

Children and young people are central to the following Corporate Priorities:

  • 2: "Improving attainment and achievement"
  • 3: "Support, care and protection" with reference to vulnerable young people

 Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 sets out the requirements for public bodies to work together to report on what they are doing to progress the rights of children and young people, and to produce an integrated strategy and Action Plan, which is refreshed annually. The Scottish Borders Integrated Children and Young People's Plan is run by Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership (CPP) and is informed by an evidence base of Official Statistics and internally-held data.

Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 requires the Scottish Government to meet four income-based child poverty targets by 2030 and report on the actions they will take to meet those targets. In addition, the Act places a duty on Local Authorities and Health Boards to report annually on what they are doing to contribute to reducing child poverty. The Scottish Borders Local Child Poverty Action Report is informed by an evidence base of official statistics and internal intelligence from frontline work in the local community.

Find our more about our strategies for children and young people. 

Topic areas

There is a large amount of evidence from official statistics to inform children and young people policy development, across a wide range of topic areas.

Mothers and babies

  • stillbirth and neonatal mortality
  • low bithweight
  • age of mother at first pregnancy
  • use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs during pregnancy
  • maternal obesity
  • breastfeeding

Toddlers and pre-school

  • immunisations
  • development concerns at 27-30 months
  • early learning and childcare

School age children - physical health

  • healthy weight
  • dental health
  • childhood asthma
  • use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs in children
  • children's physical activity: travel to school, Active Schools

School age children - mental health and wellbeing

  • social, emotional and behavioural issues
  • child and adolescent mental health, including suicide
  • peer pressure
  • children are heard and respected as adults

Reducing inequalities in households with children

  • reducing deprivation in households with children - this is part of a wider strategy on reducing poverty and multiple deprivation, and ensuring that less advantaged children have the same opportunities and respect as their peers
  • looked-after children have equal opportunities for positive and sustained outcomes
  • free school meals
  • children in low-income families
  • children in households with limited resources
  • Scottish Borders Child Poverty Index
  • children living in poor-quality housing
  • Scottish Child Payment

Supporting children who are at risk of harm, neglect or offending

  • looked-after children
  • referrals to children's reporter
  • criminal justice social work reports to under 18s

We regularly review the official statistics on the topic of health and wellbeing in children to provide evidence for a range of strategic policy and performance purposes, and to inform communities in Scottish Borders. If you would need information on any of the topics listed above for your policy area or community and would like help finding it, contact us. We will publish any information notes and area profiles on this topic here as we produce them.