Are There Financial Incentives to for Social Workers to Take Children Into Care?

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Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

I am writing to ask for information about your Social Services/Social Care Department.

Please provide me with the following information:

1) Are there targets for the number of children to be taken into care per annum? If so, what are the desired numbers?

2) Are there targets for the number of children that need to be adopted out each year?

3) Are these children in care for long term or are they adopted out very quickly after coming into care?

4) Are Social Workers/Caseworkers paid bonuses for each child they take into care? If so, how much per child or per family of children?

5) What is the age range of children who are adopted out each year?

6) What is the number of children returned to their families after being taken into care? How long do they spend in care?

7) Are Social Workers/Caseworkers paid per visit they make to a family they are investigating?

8) Are they paid an annual salary or is their pay on a per visit scale?

9) Are they paid a lower base salary with bonuses on top?

Please note I am only asking for numbers and not details of specific children and/or families which means you should be able to provide me with this information as a matter of public interest.

Yours faithfully,

Samantha Jones

Administrator, Argyll and Bute Council

Dear Samantha Jones

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Are There
Financial Incentives to for Social Workers to Take Children Into Care?

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference
argyllbuteir:2301.

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 by 2013-08-30
00:00:00.

Please quote the reference number above in any correspondence you may have
with the Council in regard to this request.

Regards

FOI Officer

McFarlane, Moira, Argyll and Bute Council

                Ms Jones

 

I refer to your request for information dated 1^st August 2013.

 

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides a right of
access to information. It is not clear to me from the terms of your
request what information it is that you are looking for. In order that I
can assist you please clarify the information you are requesting to ensure
that you receive the information that you want.

 

For the two questions below please specify the time periods/years you
would like the information for. If years, is it calendar years or
financial years?

 

5) What is the age range of children who are adopted out each year?

6) What is the number of children returned to their families after being
taken into care?  How long do they spend in care?

 

I must advise that the timescale for responding to your request will reset
to 20 working days from the date on which I receive clarification of the
terms of your request.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Service Development Team

 

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Dear McFarlane, Moira,

I am asking for the timescale of 01 August 2011 to present day.

I trust this clarifies my request.

Yours sincerely,

Samantha Jones

Sinclair, David (Risk Management Assistant), Argyll and Bute Council

 

Dear Ms Jones

 

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Are There
Financial Incentives to for Social Workers to Take Children Into Care?

Reference: argyllbuteir:2301

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

I have attached the following information in fulfilment of your request:

 

1) Are there targets for the number of children to be taken into care per
annum?  If so, what are the desired numbers?

 

This is an English procedure.  We do not have targets.

 

2) Are there targets for the number of children that need to be adopted
out each year? 

 

Again this is an English procedure and we do not have targets.

 

3) Are these children in care for long term or are they adopted out very
quickly after coming into care?

 

This will vary depending on the needs of the child and the time taken for
completion of the legal process.  The legal process is outwith the control
of the Local Authority.

 

4) Are Social Workers/Caseworkers paid bonuses for each child they take
into care?  If so, how much per child or per family of children?

 

No, social workers are paid an annual salary.

 

5) What is the age range of children who are adopted out each year?

 

Since 1^st August 2011 the age ranges have been as follows:

 

From 01/08/2011 to 31/07/2012 – 5 children aged between 1 and 11 years
old.

From 01/08/2012 to 31/07/2013 – 4 children aged between 4 and 8 years old.

From 01/08/2013 to date – None

 

6) What is the number of children returned to their families after being
taken into care?  How long do they spend in care?

 

From 01/08/2011 to 01/08/2013 the number of children returned to their
families after being taken into care was 44.  The average number of days
spent in care was 189.

 

7) Are Social Workers/Caseworkers paid per visit they make to a family
they are investigating?

 

No, social workers are paid an annual salary.

 

8) Are they paid an annual salary or is their pay on a per visit scale?

 

An annual salary.

 

9) Are they paid a lower base salary with bonuses on top?

 

No.

 

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Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory,
Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to [1][Argyll and Bute Council request email].

 

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Regards,

 

David Sinclair

Risk Management Assistant

Governance & Law

Kilmory

Tel: 01546 604352

Fax: 01546 604435

 

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