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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.

Please note: Direct file exchange is conducted via the Thru Secure  file transfer system.

There are 3 main steps involved in completing the collection:

1. Download your Secure Unit’s template via your corresponding folder in Thru. The template  will be prepopulated with last year's data. Please see here for instructions on how to find your Thru folder and download your template. The login page for Thru can be found here.

2. Update/complete your template with the new census data.  If you require any assistance you can refer to the collection guidance, which is available below.  When completing your template, please take care not to change the structure or layout of the form.  Changing the format of your template will most likely prevent it from successfully uploading to the ProcXed system in step 3.

3. Upload your completed template via the online ProcXed web portal.  You must then resolve any validation errors generated and “Submit” your return once you have verified the integrity of your data. Further information regarding ProcXed may be found here.



Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Secure Units to Scottish Government


Secure Unit and resident young people

Collection details

Census as at 31/7/18, plus admissions and discharges for period 01/08/17 to 31/07/18

Submission to Scottish Government

19 October 2018

Month of publication


Method of data submission



Survey Documentation 2017-18

Secure Units 2018 Guidance and Template are available here.