13 year old girls in Care Homes

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

1.In relation to 13 year old girls in the care of Birmingham Local Authority, how many are placed in:
A. Foster Placements
B. childrens homes
C. Outside the Local authority area.
D. In mental hospital detained under the mental health act

2. What measures are taken to ensure 13 year old girls are protected from:
A. Underage sex and Pregnancy
B. drug and alcohol abuse
C. Self harming

3. How are those with parental responsibility consulted and informed and of their 13 year old daughter's care?

4. How many 13 year old girls now accommodated by Birmingham were not previously accommodated by Birmingham prior to reaching the age of 13?

5. How do you prevent 13 year old girls from running away from Local Authority care?

Yours faithfully,

Sophie

Tracey Robinson, Birmingham City Council

Dear Sophie

 

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13.5.2014.

 

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Governance and Policy

Children, Young People and Families Directorate

Birmingham City Council

 

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Tracey Robinson, Birmingham City Council

Dear Sophie

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 

1.In relation to 13 year old girls in the care of Birmingham Local
Authority, how many are placed in:

A. Foster Placements

B. children’s homes

C. Outside the Local authority area.

D. In mental hospital detained under the mental health act

 

2. What measures are taken to ensure 13 year old girls are protected from:

A. Underage sex and Pregnancy

B. drug and alcohol abuse

C. Self-harming

 

3.  How are those with parental responsibility consulted and informed and
of their 13 year old daughter's care?

 

4.  How many 13 year old girls now accommodated by Birmingham were not
previously accommodated by Birmingham prior to reaching the age of 13?

 

5.  How do you prevent 13 year old girls from running away from Local
Authority care?

 

Please see response below:

 

Q 1. There are currently 68 girls aged 13 in care of Birmingham

A.    54 in Foster placements

B.    10 in Children’s Homes

C.    27 placed Outside Birmingham

D.    Requires manual trawl of the 68 cases and this would breach the 18
hours cost threshold. Each file would require a minimum of 30 minutes per
file x £25 per hour a fee of £850 would be payable to enable us to answer
this.

 

Q2. The child’s social worker has the responsibility for identifying the
particular needs of young people and co-ordinating the various supports
including the immediate carers to meet those needs- the type and
complexity of need varies throughout the population.

The City Council commissions services from third parties in relation to
Substance Misuse and Teenage Pregnancy – social workers can refer to these
projects. In each case there is a priority given to looked after children
in relation to the increased vulnerability. The NHS and BCC jointly
commission a range of mental health services that promote emotional
well-being and provide treatment for young people with mental health
problems – these services also recognise the vulnerability of looked after
children and will give priority.

 

Q3.  How are those with parental responsibility consulted and informed and
of their 13 year old daughter's care?

 

This would vary according to the nature of the relationship between the
parents and the child, the child’s legal status and the nature/ urgency of
the need.

 

Q 4. 5 girls aged 13 currently accommodated by Birmingham were not
previously accommodated prior to reaching the age of 13.

 

Q5.  How do you prevent 13 year old girls from running away from Local
Authority care?

 

The key to good care and therefore the prevention of children running
away, for any looked after child is in the relationships with the
significant people around the child, parents / family members who present
good stable role models and clear boundaries even if they can't themselves
safely care: the child's  social worker and either the foster family or
residential key worker:  also offering consistent boundaries and good role
modelling. 

 

 The tool for safe care including the management of children who may run
away is a good care plan, with clear objectives, clear consequent action,
regularly reviewed with a range of partners and the child's involvement.
 The child is made aware of the risks and helped to understand, both the
risks and the consequent actions.  We are consistent in our responses and
action is taken. 

 

If the child running away or at risk of running away requires additional
help due to trauma related to early childhood and poor parenting, the
child  receives  multi agency help through 

Their care plan, the looked after children's health team, from specialist
social workers engaged with their emotional wellbeing (targeted emotional
support service in our case) or indeed specialist CAMHS health service or
other specialist services from partners including police and the voluntary
sector agencies.  

 

If you have any information which may assist us in determining or locating
any missed information, we would be grateful if you would contact us with
details of this information, so that we can conduct a further search.

 

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The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

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Yours sincerely,

Tracey Robinson

Business Continuity and Information Governance Officer

 

 

Sent of behalf of:

Steve Cullen

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Policy Team

Directorate for People

Birmingham City Council

 

Tel: 0121 464 4591

Email: [2][email address]

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