Children and Families Across Borders

Dear Clackmannanshire Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in relation to Looked After Children:

• The total number of Looked After Children under your local authority care, where family members outside the United Kingdom were explored between January 2015 and December 2017 inclusive.
• The number of Looked After Children under your local authority care that were subsequently placed outside the United Kingdom between January 2015 and December 2017 inclusive.
• The number and type of placement orders used for placing Looked After Children from your local authority care with family members abroad between January 2015 and December 2017 inclusive.

Please provide the information electronically.

Research conducted by Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) in 2018 discovered considerable discrepancies in post-placement practices of UK local authorities for children in international kinship placements. Access to this information will support CFAB’s further research into the outcomes of international kinship placements and CFAB’s campaign for clear guidance on the appropriate steps to take when placing children with families abroad.

I understand that under the Act, you are required to respond to my request within 20 working days of receiving this letter. If this is request is unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me and I will be happy to provide further clarification.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Andre Johnsen
Research and Impact
[email address]
Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)
Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

Shirley Wilkinson, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Mr. Andre Johnsen Contact: Shirley Wilkinson
Victoria Charity Centre 11 Belgravia Road Tel. No: 01259 450000
London Ref: PEO03BB945
SW1V 1RB Date: 17/10/2019

Dear Mr. Johnsen

Freedom of Information : PEO03BB945

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on 16/10/2019 about Stats on Looked After Children 2015-2017.   It will be
forwarded to the appropriate Council Service for action and you should
receive a response, or a request for clarification by 13/11/2019. If there
is a need to clarify anything relating to your request, colleagues will
contact you.  

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Shirley Wilkinson

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Shirley Wilkinson, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Mr. Andre Johnsen Contact: Shirley Wilkinson
Victoria Charity Centre Belgravia Road Tel. No: 01259 450000
London Ref: PEO03BB945
SW1V 1RB Date: 13/11/2019

Dear Mr. Johnsen

Freedom of Information Enquiry: PEO03BB945

Thank you for your information request dated 16/10/2019.

The information you requested Stats on Looked After Children
2015-201738(1)(b) (Personal Information), although held by the Council, is
being withheld.   The exemption(s) which applies/apply to this information
is/are detailed in (section(s) no  of the FOISA 2002).

The responses to your questions are less than 5 and due to the low number
this could lead to possible identification of individuals and therefore
although held by the Council, is being withheld.  

Yours sincerely

Shirley Wilkinson

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Children and Families Across Borders

Dear Shirley Wilkinson,

Thank you very much for your response to our freedom of information request. I understand that you are not able to disclose an exact number in answer to our 3 questions, but would you be able to confirm that the number of children in answer to all three questions is both more than 0 as well as less than 5? If the answer to our third question is more than 0, would you be able to provide us with the type of order(s) used to place the child(ren)?

Many thanks,

Zoe Carmichael
Business Analyst
Children and Families Across Borders

FOI, Clackmannanshire Council

Dear Ms Carmichael

In response to your further enquiry I can confirm the following:

Yes it is less than 5 but more than 0.  

The order was  S73(9) CHILDREN(SCOT) 1995 (C(S)A95) Residential or secure
condition imposed by review hearing

Shirley Wilkinson

From:        Children and Families Across Borders
<[FOI #612441 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Clackmannanshire Council <[Clackmannanshire Council request email]>
Date:        14/11/2019 12:28
Subject:        Re: Freedom of Information request - Looked After Children

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Dear Shirley Wilkinson,
Thank you very much for your response to our freedom of information
request. I understand that you are not able to disclose an exact number in
answer to our 3 questions, but would you be able to confirm that the
number of children in answer to all three questions is both more than 0 as
well as less than 5? If the answer to our third question is more than 0,
would you be able to provide us with the type of order(s) used to place
the child(ren)?
Many thanks,
Zoe Carmichael
Business Analyst
Children and Families Across Borders

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