Scottish Exchange of Data: child protection

Information and documentation relating to the provision of data for the annual Child Protection data collection.


This is an annual data collection with the results being used to monitor policy issues arising around child protection, including the number of child protection investigations, case conferences, registrations, de-registrations and the number of children on child protection registers. Child protection data is usually published annually. 

From the 2012-13 reporting year onwards, the survey has been individual-level and you will only be required to follow and complete one submission process via ProcXed.

Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Local authority social work to Scottish Government


Individual children


1 August 2022 to 31 July 2023

Submission to Scottish Government

27 October 2023

Month of publication




We have published the looked after children, child protection, and secure units statistics privacy notices and data sharing statements.

Survey documents

Click on the links below to download the 2023 survey guidance and data specification. The 2023 XML template for uploading data to ProcXed will be published when available.

To download the template please right click and select "save target as..." and save the file as an XML file. Open Excel and open the file via File > Open > select your template file. Data can be entered on this file.

If you happen to find that the template opens in your browser, please download and save a copy locally as above, then open Excel and use File/Open to open it from within Excel.

If you have any queries please contact

CP guidance notes 2023
CP XML template 2023
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