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Children Looked After Statistics



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Data on looked after children is collated by the Scottish Government to help evaluate existing practices and inform the development of new policies. The main publications are the annual Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS) and Educational Outcomes for Scotland's Looked After Children. From 2010-11 both of these data sets correspond to a school academic year (1 August to 31 July).

Children Looked After Statistics

The Children’s Social Work Statistics Scotland commonly referred to as Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS) provide details of the Looked After population by age, gender, ethnic group, main disability, legal reason (for supervision order) and accommodation type.

Additional information is provided on the children that start being looked after and the children that cease to be looked after in that year (categorised in the groups listed above) and; the children eligible for aftercare services (including details of their accommodation arrangements, economic activity and number of spells of homelessness).

Latest Children Looked After Statistics

Educational Outcomes for Scotland's Looked After Children

The Scottish Government receives data relating specifically to the educational experiences of looked after children from publicly funded schools, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The quality of this information has improved greatly in recent years and the data now available allows a much greater breadth of analysis. The publication includes statistics on attendance, exclusions, average tariff scores and post-school destination.

Latest statistics on Educational Outcomes for Scotland's Looked After Children