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Children and Young People

Child Protection

Since 2012-13 the Scottish Government has collected individual level child protection data directly from local authorities’ Management Information Systems (MIS). The information collected here is the primary national data source on child protection in Scotland. It provides the best current resource on trends on child protection developments in Scotland, largely based around the flow and stock of children and young people on the Child Protection Register. These data inform the development of national policy and enable local areas to undertake benchmarking to understand better local variations. Further information on the Child Protection collection is available here.

Looked After Children

The Children and Families Analytical Services Unit of the Scottish Government Learning and Justice Directorate collects data annually in respect of Looked After Children. Each Scottish Local Authority is asked to submit a return providing information on the Looked After Children for which they are responsible.  Since 2008-09, the Children and Families Analytical Services Unit has collected data on Looked After Children at the individual level.  This provides benefits to the Local Authorities in removing from them the need to calculate the aggregated returns, and to Children and Families Analytical Services Unit in allowing more scope for analysing the data, particularly by cross-reference to educational data already held by the Learning and Justice Directorate. Further information on the Looked After Children collection is available here.

Secure Units

This  data collection  gathers information regarding secure care accommodation and the vulnerable young people accommodated in secure care. Please note, that the census period falls between the 1st of August and the 31st  of July the following year.   Some information collected will be reviewed specifically as at the 31st of July.

Completion of the collection is voluntary and is undertaken on an annual basis.  Participating units provide information regarding the number of secure residential care places, emergency beds and the average cost per bed per week.  They also provide  resident details, including gender, age, ethnicity, religion, additional support needs, medical care, the local authority area of the child's home and details of their admission and discharge. The current publication “Secure Accommodation Statistics” can be accessed here.


Survey Reporting Period Submission Date

Child Protection

1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019

01 November 2019

Looked After Children

1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019

22 November 2019

Secure Units 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019 

18 October 2019