Private Fostering

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Hello,
I hope whoever is reading this is keeping well.
I am writing in connection to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please could you endeavour to answer the following questions within 20 working days, as specified under its clauses:
Please can you break down the below information for the following calendar years: 2019 and 2020. Can you also please provide me the information for the period between 1 January 2021 and 28 February 2021.
Q1) Over the stated period, on how many separate occasions did a member of the public contact your council to inform you they suspected that a child was living in a private fostering arrangement (that hadn't been reported)? In order to report such a suspected private fostering arrangement, people are often directed to a council's children safeguarding board/children's services team (or similar) or encouraged to fill out a form (such as via a Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub) on the local authority's website. Please can you break down Q1 in terms of what type of person reported the private fostering arrangement (for example, but not limited to: school/teacher, neighbour)
1a) How many of the children living under such private fostering arrangements were found to have a disability (please specify what kind- such as autism, down syndrome- if that information, indeed, is recorded and retrievable under the constraints of the act)
1b) Following the subsequent completion of the Private Fostering Assessment (or similarly titled) form, how many placements were found to be prohibited?
1c) How many of the private foster carers had convictions recorded on their DBS disclosure form? Could you please breakdown all the above information in a table and on a case to case basis over the requested period.
I would like to receive this information in an electronic format. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad, I would be grateful if you could please contact me by email ([email address]) and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request.

Yours faithfully,
Yohannes Lowe

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 9918704

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Dear Yohannes Lowe
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 15 March
2021 concerning:

Please can you break down the below information for the following calendar
years: 2019 and 2020. Can you also please provide me the information for
the period between 1 January 2021 and 28 February 2021.

Q1) Over the stated period, on how many separate occasions did a member of
the public contact your council to inform you they suspected that a child
was living in a private fostering arrangement (that hadn't been reported)?
In order to report such a suspected private fostering arrangement, people
are often directed to a council's children safeguarding board/children's
services team (or similar) or encouraged to fill out a form (such as via a
Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub) on the local authority's website. Please
can you break down Q1 in terms of what type of person reported the private
fostering arrangement (for example, but not limited to: school/teacher,
neighbour)

1a) How many of the children living under such private fostering
arrangements were found to have a disability (please specify what kind-
such as autism, down syndrome- if that information, indeed, is recorded
and retrievable under the constraints of the act)

1b) Following the subsequent completion of the Private Fostering
Assessment (or similarly titled) form, how many placements were found to
be prohibited?

1c) How many of the private foster carers had convictions recorded on
their DBS disclosure form? Could you please breakdown all the above
information in a table and on a case to case basis over the requested
period.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 14 April 2021 (which is 20 working
days beginning on the first working day after the date we received your
request).
 
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Regards,

Annmarie Carroll
Complaints and Freedom of Information Officer
London Borough of Bexley , Civic Offices , 2 Watling Street , Bexleyheath
, Kent , DA6 7AT
Tel: 0203 045 3923
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

1 Atodiad

Information request
Our reference: 9918704

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Dear ‎Yohannes Lowe‏
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 15 March 2021.
 
 Please find attached our response to your request.
  

Regards,

Hazel Watson
Complaints and FOI Officer
London Borough of Bexley , Civic Offices , 2 Watling Street , Bexleyheath
, Kent , DA6 7AT
Tel: 0203 045 3411
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk