Systemic Review Outline: Children and Young People Statistics

Children and young people make up over a fifth of the population of the UK[1].

As the Office for Statistics Regulation we want to be able to state publicly whether the statistics system is sufficiently alive to issues for children and young people across all topic areas and to encourage improvement where needed.

As part of this review we will:

  • build a picture of what statistics exist relating to children and young people’s lives in the UK
  • gather views about whether the statistics that are currently available answer the key questions, what gaps exist and possible reasons for these
  • identify the actions that will have an impact in improving the system’s ability to answer the key questions about children and young people’s lives

Through this review we want to encourage those producing statistics to consider the need for statistics on children and young people during design, collection, analysis and dissemination of data.

Timings for the review will be published in 2019.

If you would like to speak to us about this please get in touch with the regulation team.


[1] Population aged 18 and under from the 2017 mid year population estimates

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