Independent advocacy for Looked After Children

Ms D Cruickshank made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Essex County Council

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Ms D Cruickshank

Dear Essex County Council,

I would be pleased if you could supply the answers to the following questions regarding Looked After Children (LAC) within the care of your local authority.

1) What is the lower age limit of children to whom advocacy services are offered?
2) What is the upper age limit of children to whom advocacy services are offered?
3) How many individual referrals for LAC are provided for per year within the Service Level Agreement (SLA)?
4) How many referrals to independent advocacy services in the last year were made by:
a) Social workers
b) Families of LAC
c) Carers (foster or otherwise) of LAC
d) Self referral of children
e) Other professional (please specify in this case)
5) Please provide a copy of the SLA with Barnardos.
6) What is the position if demand for advocacy services by LAC exceeds the provision in the SLA? Are children then left without access to advocacy services.
7) When does the contract with your current independent advocacy service end?
8) Will the contract be renewed? If not what provision for independent advocacy will be put in place?
9) Is independent advocacy used in decision making processes with children and young people outside of the complaints system? If so, can you please indicate typical scenarios where advocates may be involved.
10) In the last year how many complaints received from LAC involved the child or young person being represented by an independent advocate ?
11) What was the total number of complaints from LAC in the past year?

Yours faithfully,

Ms D Cruickshank

Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

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Ms Cruickshank,

Please find attached an acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information
request.

Ruth Byford
on behalf of ISIS
Internal Audit & Risk Management
Essex County Council | telephone: 01245 435944 | extension: 55944 | email:
[email address]

EssexWorks
For a better quality of life

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Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

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Ms Cruickshank,

Please find attached the response to your FOI request.

Ruth Byford
on behalf of ISIS
Internal Audit & Risk Management
Essex County Council | telephone: 01245 435944 | extension: 55944 | email:
[email address]

EssexWorks
For a better quality of life

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir