Use of data analytics, predictive analytics or algorithmic automated systems for decision-making in Children's Services

Val Gillies made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council as part of a batch sent to 11 authorities

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Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council,

We are submitting the following Freedom of Information Request for documents relating to previous or current uses of data analytics, predictive analytics, or algorithmic automated systems used for processing, risk assessment, scoring systems or automated decision making in relation to child and family services delivered in the jurisdiction of your local authority.

Please can you supply the following information:
1) Has the council used any data analytics, predictive analytics and or artificial intelligence systems to support children’s service provision? If so, which?
2) Is the council using any data analytics, predictive analytics and or artificial intelligence systems to support children’s service provision? If so, which?
3) Is the council intending to use data analytics, predictive analytics and or artificial intelligence systems to support children’s service provision? If so, Which?
4) Details of any briefing notes, reports, or summaries relating to the use or potential use of data analytics, predictive analytics and or artificial intelligence systems to support children’s service provision.
5) Any meeting minutes, reports or presentation materials on the efficacy or impact of data analytics, predictive analytics and or artificial intelligence systems to support children’s service provision.
6) Details of any third-party consultants or suppliers of data analytics, predictive analytics or artificial intelligence systems including any contracts, memoranda of understanding, or other agreements (which may include but not exclusively data sharing agreements)
Please note:
By data analytics we mean the processing of families’ data to draw conclusions about the information it contains and to uncover patterns and insights from it. This may be via computer packages or dashboards.
By predictive analytics, we mean using families’ data to create predictive models that can be used for risk assessment, scoring systems or to inform decision-making.
By artificial intelligence/algorithmic automated systems we mean the process of using families’ data to develop systems that make decisions by automated means. This includes tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as speech recognition and decision-making.
By children, we include all those 0-18 years old
By children’s service provision we include information relating to all services the local authority provides for children and families, including children's social care, education and learning, early years services, youth services and youth offending teams.
There is an indefinite timeframe for questions 4-6.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in s.12 FOIA, please provide advice and assistance as to how I can refine my request, as required under s.16 FOIA.

Yours faithfully,

Val Gillies

FOI Requests, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council

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Dear Ms Gillies

 

Council ref 2021/03/022

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding previous or
current uses of data analytics, predictive analytics, or algorithmic
automated systems used for processing, risk assessment, scoring systems or
automated decision making in relation to child and family services.

 

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council does not hold the information you
have requested as it does not fall under the Council’s remit of
responsibility (Councils in Northern Ireland have a much narrower remit
than those in GB). You may wish to direct your enquiry to the Northern
Health and Social Care Trust - contact details are as follows:

 

Information Governance Office

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Causeway House

8e Coleraine Road

Ballymoney

Co. Antrim

BT53 6BP

 

Tel: 028 2766 1293

Email: [1][email address]

 

We trust that this resolves your Freedom of Information request.  However,
if you are dissatisfied with the way in which we have handled your request
for information you may request an internal review by contacting:

 

Liz Johnston

Head of Governance

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Antrim Civic Centre

50 Stiles Way

BT41 2UB 

 

Email: [2][email address]

 

If after the internal review is completed you remain dissatisfied you may
appeal to the Information Commissioner by contacting:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

3rd Floor

14 Cromac Place

Belfast

BT7 2JB

 

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Regards

Helen Leung

Information Governance Assistant

 

 

 

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