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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14804: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether there is a statutory requirement to record the nature of and number of looked-after young people who die each year and if (a) so, (i) under what legislation and (ii) what the figure is for each of the last 10 years (b) not, what its position is on introducing such a requirement.

Answered by: Maree Todd 15 March 2018

Under regulation 6 of the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 , local authorities have a duty to notify the Care Inspectorate of the death of a looked after child. The guidance to these regulations requires local authorities to submit a report and supporting documentation following notification of a death.

There is no statutory requirement to collate numbers of looked after young people who have died, however this information is recorded through the notification process and shared with the Scottish Government.

1. Deaths of looked after children in Scotland 2009 – 2017

 

Year             

                Number        

2009

18

2010

6

2011

6

2012

8

2013

9

2014

8

2015

3

2016

5

2017

8

 

2. Cause of death of looked after children in Scotland 2009 – 2017

Cause of death

Numbers of children

Life-limiting conditions

18

Health-related (complex health conditions, illness)

18

Accidental death

12

Drug-related

8

Suicide

10

Sudden unexplained death in infancy (SUDI)

2

Unknown /unascertained

2

Murder

1