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Children and young persons placed outside own home

The statistics are comparable from 2011 and forward.

Comparability - geographical

Similar statistics are compiled in many other countries. However, the statistics are not subject to any EU regulation or compiled in accordance with other international guidelines. Therefore, these statistics cannot necessarily be directly compared internationally.

Comparability over time

The statistics have existed since 1977, but due to legislative changes in 1985, 1993, 2006 and 2019, respectively, the statistic is not directly comparable throughout the years. Since 1st of January 2018, the statistics and the collection of data are based on the Executive Order on Data Reporting in the Social Area (current). The Excecutive order is updated every half year, and thus changes can occur every half year. From medio 2019 and forward new grouping of foster families has been implemented. From primo 2020 and forward data regarding juvenile delinquency will also be gathered.

Coherence - cross domain

The statistics are related to statistics about preventive measures given to children and young people, as the family and the child/young person must be offered relief measures, before the municipality initiates a procedure to place the child in out-of-home care. The statistics are also related to statistics on Notifications of concern for children and young people, as a notification can occur before a child is placed in out-of-home care.

Coherence - internal

Reported data from different sources usually follow the same reporting forms. Changes in the forms may result in differences as a result of the suppliers not being able to implement the changes at the same time. During these transition periods, the response categories from the old forms will be mapped to the new categories.