LAC 16-18 Year Olds

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please could you let me know the following information

1.1 How many Looked After Children (Also known as Children in Care) does the council currently have?
1.2 How many of these Looked After Children are between the ages of 12 and 15?
1.3 How many of these Looked After Children are aged 16-17?

2.1. Of these Looked After Children aged 16-17, how many are living in semi independent accomodation provided by unregulated private providers.
2.2 Please provide the names of these unregulated private providers and the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

3.1. Of these Looked After Children aged 16-17, how many are living in semi independent accomodation provided by regulated providers.
3.2 Please provide the names of these regulated providers and the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

4.1 How many Care Leavers under the age of 18 does the council currently accomodate in accomodation provided by unregulated private providers?
4.2 Please provide the names of these unregulated private providers and the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

5.1 How many Care Leavers under the age of 18 does the council currently accomodate in accomodation provided by regulated private providers?
5.2 Please provide the names of these regulated private providers and the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

6.1 How many Care Leavers aged 18 plus does the council currently accomodate in accomodation provided by unregulated private providers?
6.2 Please provide the names of these unregulated private providers and the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

7.1 How many Care Leavers aged 18 plus does the council currently accomodate in accomodation provided by regulated private providers?
7.2 Please provide the names of these regulated private providers and the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

Yours faithfully,

James Steele

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Steele

 

Request for Information RFI-1526-20

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to LAC 16-18 Year Olds
which was received on 13 June 2020.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

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Yours sincerely,

Fakhara Qanwal

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

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Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Steele,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-1526-20

 

Further to your request for information about LAC 16-18 Year Olds, I can
tell you the following:

1.1  How many Looked After Children (Also known as Children in Care) does
the council currently have?

 

 679 

 

1.2  How many of these Looked After Children are between the ages of 12
and 15? –

 

190

 

1.3  How many of these Looked After Children are aged 16-17? –

 

112

 

2.1. Of these Looked After Children aged 16-17, how many are living in
semi independent accommodation provided by unregulated private providers.

 

16 – 17 yr olds placed in unregulated provision = 9

 

2.2 Please provide the names of these unregulated private providers and
the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

Fees paid for the individual care service for LAC aged 16- 17 yrs are
determined by those providers based on the identified services delivered
for each placement. Walsall Council (WMBC) does hold that information,
however:

•Disclosure of those rates and  the names of these unregulated private
providers may prejudice the interests of WMBC as those placement fees may
be increased which could result in reduced value for money to the Council
and the clients it serves.

•Disclosure may also provide competitive advantage and prejudice the
commercial interests of these unregulated private providers involved.

Therefore, WMBC are exempting this information from disclosure under
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Prejudice to
commercial interests. 

 

3.1. Of these Looked After Children aged 16-17, how many are living in
semi independent accommodation provided by regulated providers.

As the number is very low (less than 5) the information cannot be
disclosed as  it could potentially identify the individuals involved,
especially if combined with  other data, and this would constitute a
breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.

 

3.2 Please provide the names of these regulated providers and the average
cost per child per week to the council per provider?

Fees paid for the individual care service  for LAC aged 16- 17 yrs old are
determined by those providers based on the identified services delivered
for each placement. Walsall Council (WMBC) does hold that information,
however:

•Disclosure of those rates and  the names of these regulated private
providers may prejudice the interests of WMBC as those placement fees may
be increased which could result in reduced value for money to the Council
and the clients it serves.

•Disclosure may also provide competitive advantage and prejudice the
commercial interests of these regulated private providers involved.

Therefore, WMBC are exempting this information from disclosure under
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Prejudice to
commercial interests. 

 

4.1 How many Care Leavers under the age of 18 does the council currently
accommodate in accommodation provided by unregulated private providers?

 

Under 18’s (17 – 18) placed in unregulated provision = 17

 

4.2 Please provide the names of these unregulated private providers and
the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

Fees paid for the individual care service for a care leaver under 18 yrs
are determined by those providers based on the identified services
delivered for each placement. Walsall Council (WMBC) does hold that
information, however:

•Disclosure of those rates and  the names of these unregulated private
providers may prejudice the interests of WMBC as those placement fees may
be increased which could result in reduced value for money to the Council
and the clients it serves.

•Disclosure may also provide competitive advantage and prejudice the
commercial interests of these unregulated private providers involved.

Therefore, WMBC are exempting this information from disclosure under
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Prejudice to
commercial interests. 

 

5.1 How many Care Leavers under the age of 18 does the council currently
accommodate in accommodation provided by regulated private providers?

As the number is very low (less than 5) the information cannot be
disclosed as  it could potentially identify the individuals involved,
especially if combined with  other data, and this would constitute a
breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. 

5.2 Please provide the names of these regulated private providers and the
average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

Fees paid for the individual care service  for care leavers under 18 yrs
 old are determined by those providers based on the identified services
delivered for each placement. Walsall Council (WMBC) does hold that
information, however:

•Disclosure of those rates and  the names of these regulated private
providers may prejudice the interests of WMBC as those placement fees may
be increased which could result in reduced value for money to the Council
and the clients it serves.

•Disclosure may also provide competitive advantage and prejudice the
commercial interests of these regulated private providers involved.

Therefore, WMBC are exempting this information from disclosure under
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Prejudice to
commercial interests. 

 

6.1 How many Care Leavers aged 18 plus does the council currently
accommodate in accommodation provided by unregulated private providers?

18+ placed in unregulated provision = 9

 

6.2 Please provide the names of these unregulated private providers and
the average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

Fees paid for the individual care service for care leavers aged 18+ are
determined by those providers based on the identified services delivered
for each placement. Walsall Council (WMBC) does hold that information,
however:

•Disclosure of those rates and  the names of these unregulated private
providers may prejudice the interests of WMBC as those placement fees may
be increased which could result in reduced value for money to the Council
and the clients it serves.

•Disclosure may also provide competitive advantage and prejudice the
commercial interests of these unregulated private providers involved.

Therefore, WMBC are exempting this information from disclosure under
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Prejudice to
commercial interests. 

 

7.1 How many Care Leavers aged 18 plus does the council currently
accommodate in accommodation provided by regulated private providers?

 

6 care leavers

 

7.2 Please provide the names of these regulated private providers and the
average cost per child per week to the council per provider?

Fees paid for the individual care service  for care leavers aged 18+ are
determined by those providers based on the identified services delivered
for each placement. Walsall Council (WMBC) does hold that information,
however:

•Disclosure of those rates and  the names of these regulated private
providers may prejudice the interests of WMBC as those placement fees may
be increased which could result in reduced value for money to the Council
and the clients it serves.

•Disclosure may also provide competitive advantage and prejudice the
commercial interests of these regulated private providers involved.

Therefore, WMBC are exempting this information from disclosure under
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Prejudice to
commercial interests. 

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Yours sincerely,

Emma Thomas

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

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