Scottish Exchange of Data: looked after children

Information and documentation relating to the provision of data for the annual Looked After Children data collection.

This document is part of a collection


This is an annual individual level survey on Looked After Children. Examples of data variables captured are gender, age, ethnicity, SCN, special educational needs, statute group, type of accommodation, time looked after and admissions and discharges during the year.

Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Local Authority Social Work to Scottish Government


Individual children


1 August 2020 - 31 July 2021

Submission to Scottish Government     

19 November 2021

Month of Publication


Method of data submission


You can locate the Looked After Children, Child Protection, and Secure Units Statistics Privacy Notices and Data Sharing Statements here.

Survey documentation

Looked after children 2021 guidance notes

Eligible for aftercare 2021 guidance notes

Looked after children 2021 XML template

Eligible for aftercare 2021 XML template

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