CLA return 2017 to 2018: technical specification

Data submission specifications for the children looked after (CLA) return for 2017 to 2018.


Children looked after by local authorities return 2017 to 2018: XML schema

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This is technical information about submitting and validating data for the children looked after data return (also known as SSDA903) for the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

It is for:

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

The information includes:

  • a summary of the data items we collect in the return
  • an explanation of formats for submitting the data
  • a list of validation checks applied to the data return

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

Published 6 July 2017
Last updated 1 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the validation checks document (see version history for changes).
  2. Added CLA.XSD to page and amended details accordingly.
  3. Added a guide to validation checks.
  4. First published.