Children looked after return 2015 to 2016: technical specification

Technical specification and XML schema files for submitting data for the children looked after return for the year 2015 to 2016.


Children looked after data return 2015 to 2016: XML schema

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This is technical information about submitting data for the children looked after data return (also known as SSDA903) for the year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

It is for:

  • suppliers creating management information software (MIS) for local authorities
  • users of local authority MIS software

The technical specification includes:

  • a summary of the data items we collect in the return
  • an explanation of formats for submitting the data

Software suppliers should use the XML schema file to make sure local authorities provide XML data correctly. Note that we will test this schema once we finish developing the children looked after data collection system. If we need to amend the schema after testing it, we’ll publish a new version here.

A list of validation rules is available.

A guide for local authorities, with detailed explanations of what information to include for each data item in the return, is also available.