The purpose of the statistic on assistance to children and young people is to analyze relief measures to children and young people, who receive assistance according to the current legislation regarding special support to children and young people. The statistics have been compiled since April 1976. These statistics is in its current form comparable from 2007 and onwards.
The statistics give information on relief measures to children and young people. The statistics comprise placements outside the home and preventive measures. The data are distributed by age, sex, and type of measure, location of placement/discharge as well as duration. The data are also distributed by municipalities.
Data for these statistics are collected from the 98 municipalities and from the National Board of Appeal etc. Data is gathered in a register containing all persons who at some point during their first 23 years of living, have received support under the laws of the Service Act. The reported information is validated and supplemented with data from Statistics Denmark's population, crime and education statistics.
The statistics are used by municipalities, regions, ministries, the media, researchers and private individuals. The statistics used for public planning and administration, research, public debate and education.
Differences in systems in municipalities, however, means that municipalities do not record data in a consistent manner. So what's in one municipality are booked on a paragraph - may in another municipality be registered under a different paragraph that is not reported. It is not possible to estimate how big this problem are.
The statistics shall be published no later than 1 September of the following calendar year.
The statistics have been published since 1977, but due to large changes in legislation in 1985, 1993 and 2006 statistics are not directly comparable throughout the years.
These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under Disadvantaged children and young people. For further information, go to the subject page.