Infants born into care in Scotland: Initial findings

Gillian M. Raab, Cecilia Macintyre and Janice McGhee - Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research

This report is one of the first outputs from a project based in the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) that uses linked data from the Looked after Children in Scotland data (LACS) to examine looked after children’s journeys. These data were made available to the research team in a secure environment that protects the privacy of all subjects. This report describes the patterns of care for infants who first became looked after in Scotland when under 1 year of age between 1st April 2008 and 31st July 2017. It includes details of all episodes of care up to the end of follow-up (31st July 2017). It parallels a recent report from the Nuffield Family Observatory (NFJO) on infants under 1 year of age who have been the subjects of care proceedings in England (Broadhurst et al., 2018)4 , as well as a recent article that expands the evidence for England (Bilson and Bywaters, 2020).