This data comes from a statutory return is submitted to the Welsh Government in May-June each year by each Welsh Local Authority. The return comprises of individual level episode and demographic data for every child looked after during the year to 31st March.
|Data Owner||Welsh Government|
|Earliest Data||Reflecting the year to 31st March 2003|
|Frequency of Updates||Annual|
|Lag in Updates Becoming Available||Approx 4 months after the local authority returns have been completed and verified|
|ADR UK Catalogue||https://datacatalogue.adruk.org/browser/dataset?id=5462644471927188424&origin=3|
|Health Data Gateway||https://web.www.healthdatagateway.org/dataset/cfdafacb-48f0-4ad8-9f20-193a5eec2da4|
|Data Resource||Allnatt, G., Lee, A., Scourfield, J., Elliott, M., Broadhurst, K., and Griffiths, L. (2022) “Data resource profile: children looked after administrative records in Wales”, International Journal of Population Data Science, 7(1). doi: 10.23889/ijpds.v7i1.1752.|
|Data Insight||Allnatt, G., Elliott, M., Cowley, L., Lee, A., North, L., Broadhurst, K., and Griffiths, L. (2023) Data Explained: Children Looked After Datasets. Available from: https://adrwales.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Data-Explained-CLA-datasets_final.pdf|
|Other useful publications||Allnatt, G., Elliott, M., Scourfield, J., Lee, A., Griffiths, L (2022) Use of Looked Administrative Children’s Social Care Data for Research: A scoping Review of Existing UK Studies British Journal of Social Work 00, p.p. 1-22.|
Other useful information
Due to the anonymization process, not all data fields referred to in the local authority guidance are available for use by researchers. However, this resource provides a useful starting point for understanding what is collected and the legal framework that sits behind some of the codes used.
Aggregate data from 2003 onwards can be found on the Stats Wales website: https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Health-and-Social-Care/Social-Services/Childrens-Services/Children-Looked-After.
Each year the Welsh Government produces a summary of the data. Copies of this from 2017 onwards can be found: https://www.gov.wales/children-looked-after-local-authorities