Children and Families Across Borders

Dear [local authority],

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 note that by ‘where family members outside the United Kingdom were explored’ in the first question, we mean where a family member outside the United Kingdom of a Looked After Child under your local authority care was identified, considered as a possible carer for the child, and steps to assess the family member as a suitable carer for the child were considered. Please include both:
o children where an assessment of a family member outside the UK was considered but not actually carried out; and
o children where an assessment of a family member outside the UK was carried out.

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,

Carolyn Housman

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

Stockton on Tees Council

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Dear Carolyn Housman

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004 – Ref: 1643/1920

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 24 October 2019

 

Your request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (whichever is most
appropriate). You will receive the information requested within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days.

 

However, please note the Acts define a number of exemptions that may
prevent release of the requested information. There will therefore be an
assessment of your request to determine if any exemptions apply to the
information requested. If the information cannot be released, or only
released in part you will be informed of the reasons why, together with
any rights of appeal.

 

If the information requested refers to a third party, they may be
consulted before deciding whether it can be released.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD

(01642) 527521

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FOI and Complaints, Stockton on Tees Council

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This document was classified as: OFFICIAL

 

 

 

Dear Carolyn Housman

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Ref: 1643/1920

Thank you for your correspondence received on 24 October 2019. In response
to your request I can now provide the following information. 

Q1. 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.

A1. The answer to this question concerns less than five children and may
provide person-identifiable information. This would contravene data
protection principles therefore it is exempt under Section 40 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Personal information).

 

Q2. 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.

A2. The answer to this question concerns less than five children and may
provide person-identifiable information. This would contravene data
protection principles therefore it is exempt under Section 40 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Personal information).

 

Q3. 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.

A3. The answer to this question concerns less than five children and may
provide person-identifiable information. This would contravene data
protection principles therefore it is exempt under Section 40 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Personal information).

 

  

If you have any queries or concerns please contact me in the first
instance.

 

However, if you are unhappy with the way your request for information has
been handled, you can submit a complaint to
[1][email address] 

 

If, after your complaint has been determined, you remain dissatisfied with
the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to
the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.  Telephone: 0303 123 1113  Website:
[2]www.ico.org.uk

 

The ICO does not make a charge for an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Hannah Young

Information Governance Team

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD

(01642) 527455

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