The United Kingdom has comprehensive birth registration systems in place. It is a legal requirement to register a birth in the United Kingdom within 42 days. There is no direct measure of number of children who are unregistered. As registration is comprehensive, a figure of 100% is used.

Information provided at birth registration is used to produce birth statistics, which are published separately for each of the United Kingdom countries. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publish birth statistics for England and Wales. For more information, see the user guide to birth statistics. National Records of Scotland publish birth statistics for Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research agency (NISRA) publish birth statistics for Northern Ireland. A summary of birth statistics for the United Kingdom and constituent countries is published in the Vital statistics in the UK - births, deaths and marriages tables.


Choose categories from the dropdowns below to see different breakdowns of the data. Some will not be available until a higher level is chosen.

Download source data (.csv)

Download source data for disaggregations (.csv)

No headline data available

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Source 1

Back to top