Children and young people: key data sources

Routine health service data is usually analysed by age and our Scottish national data schemes section provides a helpful introduction to these datasets.

The Scottish Government publishes Income and Poverty Statistics which include information on child poverty in Scotland.

Ongoing national surveys can also provide age-based trend data:

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey is a cross national research study which provides data every 4 years for Scotland since 1987 in comparison to a large range of other nations.

Scottish Diabetes Survey (SDS)

Scottish Health Survey (SHeS)

National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP)

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)

The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) can link health data to a sample from the census.

Growing up in Scotland Study (GUS) (a longitudinal study launched in 2005)