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Notifications from the Care Inspectorate regarding looked after children deaths: FOI release

Published: 21 Oct 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
21 Oct 2021
Notifications from the Care Inspectorate regarding looked after children deaths: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100236654
Date received: 6 Sep 2021
Date responded: 4 Oct 2021
Information requested

For the years of 2014-2021 inclusive, how many times local authorities have notified the Scottish Government of the death of:

  • A looked after child.
  • A care leaver.
Response

Regulation 6 of The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (legislation.gov.uk) states that Scottish Ministers should be informed of the death of a young person who is looked after. In addition, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 inserted a statutory duty in the Children (Scotland) 1995 Act requiring local authorities to notify Scottish Ministers and the Care Inspectorate of the death of a care leaver in receipt of a Continuing Care or Aftercare service.

Procedures in place mean that Local Authorities notify the Care Inspectorate who in turn provide information to Scottish Ministers.

Figures we have received from the Care Inspectorate state that between the years of 2014-2021 inclusive -

Type of Notification 2014
Jan-
Dec
2015
Jan-
Dec
2016
Jan-
Dec
2017
Jan-
Dec
2018
Jan-
Dec
2019
Jan-
Dec
2020
Jan-
Dec
2021
Jan-
Sept
Grand
Total
Deaths of looked after children 8 3 5 8 9 6 7 4 50
Deaths in continuing care 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 2 8
Deaths in throughcare and
aftercare
0 1 6 7 4 12 15 8 53
TOTAL 8 4 11 15 14 21 24 14 111

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