Dear Hartlepool Council,

I am writing with a freedom of information request for data relating to the content and outcome of Return Home Interviews (RHIs) provided for runaway or missing children by your authority.

When you respond with confirmation that you have received my request, could you please advise whether any clarification is needed in order to complete my request? Please ensure any questions arrive to me prior to the 20 day deadline.

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Please can you send over answers to the following:
+ How many recorded instances of missing then returned children did you have in your authority per year between Jan 1st 2014-Jan 1st 2019? If you can provide a per month break down please do.
+How many of these instances were children who had runaway more than once? If possible can you send a break down which shows a numbered list to indicate individual children and a second column with how many times they ran away? This would of course not include their name or any details.
+ A summary of the recorded outcomes or actions taken for all completed Return Home Interviews (for example a safeguarding referral, report to the police or to another service). I would like a breakdown of these for Jan 2014-Jan 2019. Ideally this would be laid out by outcome, beside a number of times this was taken. This would sit along side a number of how many RHIs were carried out in total per year. Excel or PDF formats are fine.
+ How many of these return interviews contained content about child exploitation?
+How many times were the police notified of potential child exploitation, following a RHI?
+ Can you send me the hiring requirements for staff employed in-house to carry out RHIs? If you outsource this service please respond with who does this for you.
+If you do not outsource and complete RHIs yourself - could you please provide the aide memoire/guidelines/checklist that you use when completing Return Home Interviews?

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Dear Poppy

 

Further to your request for information, I can advise as below;

 

Question Response
freedom of information request for data relating to the content and
outcome of Return Home Interviews (RHIs) provided for runaway or missing
children by your authority.
How many recorded instances of 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
missing then returned children did Jan 37 35 53 59 38 47
you have in your authority per Feb 30 37 38 49 38
year between Jan 1st 2014-Jan 1st Mar 72 32 34 65 59
2019? If you can provide a per Apr 47 30 41 58 44
month break down please do. May 40 57 35 88 43
Jun 71 73 43 77 52
Jul 53 62 50 88 50
Aug 64 50 38 62 52
Sep 46 50 54 67 39
Oct 55 39 53 42 55
Nov 44 39 37 27 72
Dec 31 43 41 27 49
How many of these instances were Number of episodes between January 2014
children who had runaway more than and January 2019 per child
once? If possible can you send a
break down which shows a numbered  
list to indicate individual
children and a second column with  
how many times they ran away? This
would of course not include their Number of episodes Number of children
name or any details.
 

1 415
2 100
3 50
4 35
5 20
6 13
7 15
8 5
9 5
10 <5
11 6
12 7
13 6
14 <5
15 7
16 <5
17 6
18 <5
19 5
20 <5
22 <5
23 <5
24 <5
26 <5
27 <5
28 <5
29 6
30 <5
36 <5
37 <5
43 <5
45 <5
46 <5
49 <5
50 <5
51 <5
55 <5
59 <5
70 <5
A summary of the recorded outcomes Further to your request for
or actions taken for all completed information, the department have
Return Home Interviews (for advised that they would be unable to
example a safeguarding referral, answer the request within the costs
report to the police or to another limit set under s12 of the Freedom of
service). I would like a breakdown Information Act 2000. Section 12 of the
of these for Jan 2014-Jan 2019. Act makes provision for public
Ideally this would be laid out by authorities to refuse requests for
outcome, beside a number of times information where the cost of dealing
this was taken. This would sit with them would exceed the appropriate
along side a number of how many limit, which for a Local Authority is
RHIs were carried out in total per £450. This represents the estimated
year. Excel or PDF formats are cost of one person spending 18 hours in
fine. determining whether the department
holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the
information.
How many of these return Further to your request for
interviews contained content about information, the department have
child exploitation? advised that they would be unable to
answer the request within the costs
limit set under s12 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Section 12 of the
Act makes provision for public
authorities to refuse requests for
information where the cost of dealing
with them would exceed the appropriate
limit, which for a Local Authority is
£450. This represents the estimated
cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the department
holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the
information.
How many times were the police Further to your request for
notified of potential child information, the department have
exploitation, following a RHI? advised that they would be unable to
answer the request within the costs
limit set under s12 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Section 12 of the
Act makes provision for public
authorities to refuse requests for
information where the cost of dealing
with them would exceed the appropriate
limit, which for a Local Authority is
£450. This represents the estimated
cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the department
holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the
information.
Can you send me the hiring All Looked after children who are
requirements for staff employed reported missing are offered the
in-house to carry out RHIs? If you opportunity to discuss their missing
outsource this service please episode with an independent person.
respond with who does this for This is commissioned out to Changing
you. Futures North East. For non-Looked
After Children, the case holder
undertakes the return interview. If a
child isn’t open to services, then the
Early Help Team responsible for the
area in which the child resides
conducts the return interview.
If you do not outsource and [1]https://www.lscbhartlepool.org/
complete RHIs yourself - could you holds Tees Children Missing from Home
please provide the aide or Care Protocol.
memoire/guidelines/checklist that
you use when completing Return
Home Interviews?

 

Please note the figures less than 5 have been suppressed as the
information is exempt under s40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). Section 40 applies to personal information which is exempt
under the Act. Due to the small numbers involved there is a risk that
persons may become identifiable if the figures are disclosed. Given the
subject matter we do not believe it is in the public interest to disclose
these figures.

 

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From: Poppy Damon [[7]mailto:[FOI #558176 email]]

Sent: 04 March 2019 18:16

To: Freedomofinformation

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Return Home Interviews (RHIs)

 

Dear Hartlepool Council,

 

I am writing with a freedom of information request for data relating to
the content and outcome of Return Home Interviews (RHIs) provided for
runaway or missing children by your authority.

 

When you respond with confirmation that you have received my request,
could you please advise whether any clarification is needed in order to
complete my request? Please ensure any questions arrive to me prior to the
20 day deadline.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Poppy Damon

 

Please can you send over answers to the following:

+ How many recorded instances of missing then returned children did you
have in your authority per year between Jan 1st 2014-Jan 1st 2019? If you
can provide a per month break down please do.

+How many of these instances were children who had runaway more than once?
If possible can you send a break down which shows a numbered list to
indicate individual children and a second column with how many times they
ran away? This would of course not include their name or any details.

+ A summary of the recorded outcomes or actions taken for all completed
Return Home Interviews (for example a safeguarding referral, report to the
police or to another service). I would like a breakdown of these for Jan
2014-Jan 2019. Ideally this would be laid out by outcome, beside a number
of times this was taken. This would sit along side a number of how many
RHIs were carried out in total per year. Excel or PDF formats are fine.

+ How many of these return interviews contained content about child
exploitation?

+How many times were the police notified of potential child exploitation,
following a RHI?

+ Can you send me the hiring requirements for staff employed in-house to
carry out RHIs? If you outsource this service please respond with who does
this for you.

+If you do not outsource and complete RHIs yourself - could you please
provide the aide memoire/guidelines/checklist that you use when completing
Return Home Interviews?

 

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