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dc.contributor.authorHooper, Jadeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCusworth, Lindaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWhincup, Helenen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe Scottish Government’s Looked After Children Data Strategy (2015) seeks to provide a robust and reliable body of data to realise the policy ambitions set out in the Scottish Government’s strategy Getting it right for looked after children and young people: Early Engagement, Early Permanence and Improving the Quality of Care. The Data Strategy specifically seeks to enhance knowledge of the outcomes for looked after children through linking administrative datasets to provide a broader evidence base and inform more effective interventions. The Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland study is following the progress of all children who became looked after in Scotland aged five or under in 2012-2013 (n=1,836). In Phase One (2014-2018), the study tested the feasibility of linking administrative data from the Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS) with data from the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and created a linked dataset. This briefing paper summarises key finding and contributes towards the discussion on how best to maximise the potential of rich data to underpin effective policymaking and interventions regarding looked after children in Scotland. Key findings Linkage of CLAS and SCRA data was possible, but time consuming and complex. Using date of birth, gender and local authority as identifiers, records were successfully matched for 1,000 children. Across the total sample, 67% of children had records which matched as expected, leaving 33% where records either did not match or matched unexpectedly. There was considerable variation across local authorities in the rate at which data matched; from 54% to 97%. Two fifths (418) of the 1,000 linked children had a previous referral recorded by SCRA. Almost 60% of the children who had a previous referral were under one year old at the time. For most (88%) of the 418 children, the previous referral did not lead to a Children’s Hearing. For one in five children there was an appeal to the sheriff, but for the majority (81%) there was no appeal.en_UK
dc.relationHooper J, Cusworth L & Whincup H (2019) Linking administrative datasets about looked after children. Insights for policymakers and practitioners. University of Stirling. Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland. Stirling.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPermanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotlanden_UK
dc.rightsProper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be givenen_UK
dc.subjectcare systemen_UK
dc.subjectkinship careen_UK
dc.subjectfoster careen_UK
dc.subjectdata linkageen_UK
dc.titleLinking administrative datasets about looked after children. Insights for policymakers and practitionersen_UK
dc.typePolicy Documenten_UK
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSocial Worken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLancaster Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSocial Worken_UK
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rioxxterms.typePolicy briefing reporten_UK
local.rioxx.authorHooper, Jade|0000-0002-0660-8194en_UK
local.rioxx.authorCusworth, Linda|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWhincup, Helen|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filename1920137_Linking administrative datasets about looked after children WEB.pdfen_UK
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