Using GUS data

GUS provides a unique resource for anyone carrying out research into the lives of children and their families in Scotland. The data becomes more powerful every year as new information about children and families is added. The longitudinal nature of the data is particularly useful in looking at how early experiences influence later outcomes.

Our data is being used by academics and other researchers, politicians, policy makers, charities and lobbying organisations, health boards and education organisations.

For more detail about the data we collect, download our GUS Topic Guide.

Data currently available (at February 2022)

Child Cohort Sweeps 1-4
Birth Cohort 1 Sweeps 1-10 and a Primary 6 Teacher dataset (under Special Licence)
Birth Cohort 2 Sweeps 1-3 (under Special License)

Please see our page Accessing GUS Data

In addition to the datasets for the 3 cohorts, secure access datasets containing geographical data can be accessed by approved researchers. These are available for BC1 sweeps 1-10 and BC2 sweeps 1-3.

Some GUS data is not held by UKDS. If your project requires access to this (such as for a follow-up study), you will need to apply directly to Scottish Government – Accessing data and statistics – (

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