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Notifications of concern for children and young people

The purpose of this statistic is to monitor progress and identify patterns in the reports/notifications of concern, received by the municipalities, regarding children and juveniles in Denmark. The statistic is used in preparation of governmental policies, the public debate and research. The statistic was initially started in the Ankestyrelsen, (the Danish Social Appeals Board). Statistics Denmark has been responsible for the statistic since 2016.

Statistical presentation

The statistic is a compilation of the notifications of concern, municipalities receive, concerning children below 18 years of age. The statistics are disseminated annually with data from all the municipalities. The statistics include data about the number of notifications, the child's age and gender, date of the notification, the relation of the notifier to the child (who is notifying), the background for the notification (what caused the notification) and which municipality received the notification. The statistics is communicated though a NYT article (News from Statistics Denmark) in Danish and in the StatBank.

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Statistical processing

The municipalities send data about notifications to Statistics Denmark through different digital sources. Data is transmitted through different system-to-system software or through a web based platform, provided by Statistics Denmark: webindberetningen på oplysningssiden om underretninger. Data can also be uploaded via FTP service. An overview of the received data from a given year is sent to the municipalities. In collaboration with Statistics Denmark, data are corrected for eventual errors and subsequently approved by the municipalities as a true expression of the number of notifications in a given year. This process is called data validation.

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The statistics are relevant to researchers, journalists, social authorities (including ministries and municipalities) and others who are interested in children and youth at risk.

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Accuracy and reliability

The accuracy and reliability of these statistics is high.

The numbers are revised two years back in time. The revisions consist of minor corrections and thus do not change the overall picture of the statistics.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published no later than 9 months after the period of reference.

The statistics for 2020 were scheduled to be published June 22, 2021 but were delayed until August 16, 2021.

The statistics for 2021 are scheduled to be published according to the plan.

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These statistics have been compiled since 2015 and are comparable throughout the whole period - when taken into account the reorganization in 2017 and a generally higher quality of data, especially from 2016 to 2017.

The statistics deal with notifications during the whole year. The other two statistics about disadvantaged children are status based.

The statistics are comparable to corresponding statistics for Sweden, Norway and in some degree Finland.

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published annually in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. The numbers can be found in the StatBank as tables UND1, UND2 and UND3. For further information, go to the subject page on disadvantaged children and young people. Contact DST Consulting for access to micro-data.

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