National Register of Measures for Children and Young Persons

The Register provides a basis for statistics, research and evaluation of measures for children and young people in Sweden.

Purpose of the Register

The purpose of the Register is to clarify the number of children and young people with societal out-of-home care (OHC). The data are published annually, and the Register is also used for analysis, research and other statistics.

The data can be used to answer such questions as:

  • How many children in OHC do not have upper secondary education?
  • Do children in OHC have poorer health than
  • Has the number of children and young people placed in care changed over time?

Contents of the Register

The Register contains individual statistics on out-of-home care, including information on guardians, type of measure, date of decision, placement and termination, and type of placement. In addition, there is also a specification of the type of measure, voluntary placements under the Social Services Act or involuntary placements under the Care of Young Persons Act. Both the initial placement and any placement changes are included in the Register.

The Register includes a description of:

  • children who received a measure
  • the measures for children and young persons that resulted in societal out-of-home care
  • different types of placements during the course of ongoing measures

In addition to this individual register, there are also aggregated data on social services measures for children and young people.

For more detailed information on the content of the Register, see the list of variables.

For information about the quality of the Register, such as missing data, variable content and history, see Production and quality of the Register of Measures for Children and Young Persons.

Legal regulation of the Register

The Register is regulated by The Ordinance (1981:1370) regarding the obligation of social welfare committees to provide statistical information. The National Board of Health and Welfare's regulation (HSLF-FS 2016:3), shows in more detail how the municipalities obligation to provide statistical information concerning social service measures must be fulfilled.

Statistics based on the Register

For ordering statistics from the Register, see Ordering data and statistics (only available in Swedish).


Phone number: +46 75 247 30 00