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Scottish Exchange of Data: secure units

Published: 1 Jul 2019

Information and documentation relating to the provision of data for the annual Secure Units data collection.

1 Jul 2019
Scottish Exchange of Data: 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/short term 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 a 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. The template  will be prepopulated with last year's data. Instructions for accessing the secure file transfer system will be sent directly.

 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.

 3. Upload your completed template via the secure file transfer system.  The ScotXed team will contact you if there are any validation errors generated and advise how best to resolve them.

Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Secure Units to Scottish Government


Secure Unit and resident young people

Collection details

Census as at 31/7/19, plus admissions and discharges for period 01/08/18 to 31/07/19

Submission to Scottish Government

18 October 2019

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

Secure units 2019 guidance

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