Foster and kinship care

Claire Griffin made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Achieving for Children

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Dear Achieving for Children,

Please provide the following information receiving allowances and fees by year 14/15, 15/16, 16/17, For Richmond borough

Total fostering allowance Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
number of foster carers
number of kinship carers
number of kinship foster carers

Yours faithfully,

Claire Griffin

AfC Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests, Achieving for Children

Dear Ms Griffin,
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Team at Achieving for
Children, provider of Children's Services for the London Borough of
Richmond, the Royal Borough of Kingston and the Royal Borough of Windsor
and Maidenhead.

Your request was received on 11th November 2019. We will endeavour to
respond to your query within 20 working days of receipt in accordance with
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely,

Chantelle Elliott
Information Governance Support 
Business Services and Transformation
  
Email: [1][Achieving for Children request email]
Achieving for Children
42 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BW
[2]http://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/

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Dear AfC Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests,

Thank you for your response. To clarify, my request is that you provide the numbers receiving payments under each heading, in the following table format

Total fostering allowance Lev el 1 Lev el 2 Lev el 3 level 4 disable child payment t
number of foster carers
number of kinship carers
number of kinship foster carers

Yours sincerely,

Claire Griffin

Dear AfC Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests,

Thank you for your email.

The requested information has not been provided within the required period. Please respond with the requested information.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Griffin

AfC Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests, Achieving for Children

Dear Ms Griffin,
Your Freedom of Information request has been considered.
Your Request
Please provide the following information receiving allowances and fees by
year 14/15, 15/16, 16/17, For Richmond borough

Total        fostering allowance        Level 1         Level 2        
Level 3 Level 4
number of foster carers                                        
number of kinship carers                                              
number of kinship foster carers
Response
Year 2014/15:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Total fostering allowance |Level 1 |Level 2 |Level 3 |Level 4 |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of foster carers |  0 |  5 |  29 |  8 |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of kinship carers  | n/a  | n/a  | n/a  | n/a  |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of kinship | | | | |
| | <5  | <5  |   <5 | <5  |
|foster carers | | | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Year 2015/16:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Total fostering allowance |Level 1 |Level 2 |Level 3 |Level 4 |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of foster carers | 0  | 5  | 28  |  8 |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of kinship carers  |  n/a  |  n/a   |  n/a   |  n/a   |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of kinship | | | | |
| |   <5 |   <5 |   <5 |   <5 |
|foster carers | | | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Year 2016/17:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Total fostering allowance |Level 1 |Level 2 |Level 3 |Level 4 |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of foster carers |  0 |  7 |  26 |  8 |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of kinship carers  |   n/a |   n/a |   n/a |   n/a |
|----------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|number of kinship | | | | |
| |   <5 |   <5 |   <5 |   <5 |
|foster carers | | | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

For responses where the specific number is less than 5, we have indicated
above as '<5' as we have applied the following reasoning:

Section 40(2): Personal Information

 

Specifically, in terms of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act
2000, this information is exempt under Section 40(2) as “personal data
other than that of the requestor”.

 

The definition of personal data is set out in the General Data Protection
Regulation (GDPR) Article 4 (1):

 

‘Personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or
identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural
person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular
by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number,
location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to
the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social
identity of that natural person.

 

Achieving for Children has applied the reasoning in the following
Information Commissioner's Decision FS50543792

 

Paragraphs 15 &16:

 

15. The Commissioner has considered the information and the number of
individuals involved and has concluded that if the Council were to
disclose the exact number in each category, particularly if the numbers
for any were one, it could be possible to identify the individuals
concerned. By aggregating the information the Council has minimised the
possibility of identification.

 

16. The Commissioner does however note that the chances of any member of
the public being able to cross-reference this information to identify
specific individuals is not high but given the low numbers involved there
is a risk that specific individuals could be identified by a person with
knowledge of special educational needs and appeals in the area. The
Council has stated that the complainant in this case is an individual who
has knowledge of this. In addition, the Commissioner recognises that other
individuals, such as parents at schools or Council employees may be able
to identify individuals. Therefore, on the balance of probabilities, the
Commissioner accepts the information is personal data.

 

Similarly, we consider a determined individual with other knowledge of
this matter may be able to use the specific figure to attempt to identify
the individuals involved. We consider, therefore, that this information
constitutes personal data.

 

We have now considered whether disclosure would breach any of the
principles of the GDPR. Article 5(1)(f) of the GDPR concerns the
‘integrity and confidentiality’ of personal data. It says that personal
data shall be:

 

'Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal
data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and
against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate
technical or organisational measures'

 

We have concluded that it is neither in accordance with the GDPR
principles nor in the public interest to release this specific data.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as
a Refusal Notice.

You have the right of appeal against our policy. If you wish to appeal
please set out in writing your grounds of appeal and send to:

 

Associate Director for Strategy and Transformation

2^nd Floor

42 York Street

Twickenham

TW1 3BZ

 

E-mail: [1][Achieving for Children request email]

 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal appeal you may
appeal further to the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

[2]www.ico.org.uk

 

 

Yours sincerely,
Chantelle Elliott
Information Governance Support 
Business Services and Transformation
  
Email: [3][Achieving for Children request email]
Achieving for Children
42 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BW
[4]http://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/

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