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Scoping the capacity of the Scottish Longitudinal Survey (SLS) to identify and chart event histories for children in Scotland vulnerable to abuse and/or neglect.

Project: Research

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/03/1331/10/13
Total award£18,012.00
Funding organisationUK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities
Period1/03/1331/10/13

Description

Vulnerable children often experience multiple risks for example parental substance misuse, domestic violence, parental mental illness, parental learning disability, children with disabilities and deprivation. This emphasises the need to consider vulnerability at parental, child and community levels. The Scottish Government national outcome: ‘Improving the life chances of children young people and families at risk’ points to the importance of identifying vulnerable children and mapping their pathways through health, education, welfare and youth/adult justice systems. This may permit long-term assessment of policy and other interventions influential on their well-being. The Scottish Longitudinal Survey (SLS) provides a 5.3% representative sample of the Scottish population from the 1991 census and through linkage to a range of health related databases may be able to provide event history data for identifiable vulnerable children. It also may provide opportunities to explore the potential for micro-studies linking administrative data that are possible and useful to better understanding in this field, especially in relation to child neglect. This study has been designed: 1. To scope whether it is possible to identify vulnerable children using the SLS through mapping relevant information within its linked administrative and health-related data. 2. To explore whether data in the SLS would be useful and/or possible in creating task specific administrative data linkage projects addressing research questions relevant to these children. 3. To explore, given privacy and data issues, whether the SLS may be a suitable vehicle to conduct longitudinal research on children who potentially may be vulnerable to maltreatment and/or neglect in Scotland. The primary outcome will be a working paper scoping the capacity of the Scottish Longitudinal Survey and associated health and education related databases to identify children who may potentially be vulnerable to maltreatment and/or neglect.

Layman's description

scoping the capacity of the Scottish Longitudinal Survey and associated health and education related databases to identify children who may potentially be vulnerable to maltreatment and/or neglect.