children on Hv caseload needing extra support

Waiting for an internal review by Barts and The London NHS Trust of their handling of this request.

Dear Barts and The London NHS Trust,
Would you please be so kind as to provide the numbers of children
under the age of 5 years under the care of the Health Visitors in
Lewisham during each of the years 2006-2011 who:
1. Had a Child Protection Plan
2. Were identified as 'Children in Need'
3. Were identified as 'Children with Special Needs'
4. Were identified as living in families/homes where at least one
adult was identified as needing extra support.

Yours faithfully,

PJBallinger

Fleetham Eleanor, Barts and The London NHS Trust

Dear PJ Ballinger

Request for Information [FOI/087/12]

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act
and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale.

The Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent the release of
the information you have requested. We will assess the material and if
any of the exemption categories apply then the information may not be
released. We will tell you if that is so.

If the information you request refers to a third party then they may be
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the information to you. We will let you know if that is the case and
give you an indication of the timescale for providing the information.

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must be paid before the information is released. We will inform you if
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Without the necessary permission, you can breach our copyright. To
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If you have any queries then please contact us at
[email address]

If you are dissatisfied on how your request has been handled, you can
complain in writing to:

Remi Ogbe, Information Governance Manager, Barts and The London NHS
Trust, 3rd Floor, Room 305, John Harrison House, E1 1AL. Email:
[email address]

If, after we have addressed your complaint, you remain dissatisfied with
how we have responded, you are entitled to appeal to the Information
Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Details are shown at
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Fleetham

Corporate Services
Barts and The London NHS Trust

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Dear Eleanor Fleetham,
The FOI request refers to Lewisham in the body of the text this is a cut and paste error, the request of course refers to the whole of the area covered by Barts and the London Trust. I understand this does not yet include Lewisham.

Yours sincerely,

PJBallinger

Fleetham Eleanor, Barts and The London NHS Trust

Dear P J Ballinger,

Thank you for your request for information about Barts and The London
NHS Trust

Please find below the Trusts response to your queries

Would you please be so kind as to provide the numbers of children under
the age of 5 years in the geographical area covered by Barts and the
London Trust during each of the years 2006-2011 who:

1) Had a Child Protection Plan

I regret to inform you that we do not hold this information. The Trust's
Community Health Services have only been recording this data centrally
since c. 2010 with varying levels of detail. However, this information
may be held by the Local Authority which is Tower Hamlets Council. I
suggest contacting [email address] for this information.

2) Were identified as 'Children in Need'

I regret to inform you that we do not hold this information. The Trust's
Community Health Services have only been recording this data centrally
since c. 2010 with varying levels of detail. However, this information
may be held by the Local Authority which is Tower Hamlets Council. I
suggest contacting [email address] for this information.

3) Were identified as 'Children with Special Needs'

Data we have available from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH)
indicate that there were 2253(11/12) and 2252 children (10/11) there
were between the ages of 0-19, with special needs within the. These
figures cover children with Autism, Complex needs, learning disabilities
and hearing impairment.

We record this information in the child's health records and if they
have any additional health requirements, for instance Speech and
Language therapy or wheelchair services.

4) Were identified as living in families/homes where at least one adult
was identified as needing extra support.

This would information is only recorded by the Trust if relevant to the
health care needs of that child, this information is not recorded
centrally but in the patients health record. In order to retrieve this
information we would need to manually retrieve, search and extract the
data from a large volume of patient files. Therefore I regret to inform
you that the cost of locating and retrieving the information you have
requested exceeds the "appropriate limit" as stated in the Freedom of
Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. I regret
therefore that we will not proceed with the request in its current form;
the exemption we have applied is Section 12(1).

However, please note that this information would be obtainable from East
London and The City Public Health Department in terms of demographic
profiling and may also be available from LBTH.

If you have any queries then please contact us at
[email address]

If you remain dissatisfied on how your request has been handled, you can
complain in writing to:

Remi Ogbe
Information Governance Manager
Barts and The London NHS Trust
3rd Floor
Room 305
John Harrison House
E1 1AL

Email: [email address]

If, after we have addressed your complaint, you remain dissatisfied with
how we have responded, you are entitled to appeal to the Information
Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Details are shown at
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Fleetham

Corporate Services
Barts and The London NHS Trust

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Dear Barts and The London NHS Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Barts and The London NHS Trust's handling of my FOI request 'children on Hv caseload needing extra support'.
I am concerned that you were unable to collate the information requested as this is the sort of information one would expect to be available in order to monitor how safely and equitably the service is being managed and targeted according to the needs of the popuation. It is surprising that the information is not collected annually by the managers of the Health Visiting Service, in light of the above. What is more concerning is that Safeguarding should be regularly reviewing with your health visitors the care plans for children with a child protection plan,children in need and children in the 4th category with one or more adults having mental, physical or addiction issues. (as these may be high risk families) The fact that you cannot provide these raises questions about the child protection supervision being offered to the health visiting staff. If you cannot provide the numbers of these children,are you providing the supervision, and this implies that there isn't a systematic approach to supervision and a high level of risk attached to the health visiting service.
I therefore believe that an internal review is necessitated.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ch...

Yours faithfully,

PJBallinger

Fleetham Eleanor,

Dear P J Ballinger,

Thank you for your email. I can confirm that your request for an
internal review has been passed to the Trust's Information Governance
Manager. I can assure you that your request is being progressed and a
response will be issued in due course

If you have any queries then please contact us at [email address]

If you are dissatisfied on how your request has been handled, you can
complain in writing to:

Information Governance Manager, Barts and The London NHS Trust, 3rd
Floor, Room 305, John Harrison House, E1 1AL. Email:
[email address]

If, after we have addressed your complaint, you remain dissatisfied with
how we have responded, you are entitled to appeal to the Information
Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Details are shown at
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Fleetham

Corporate Services
Barts Health NHS Trust

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Fleetham Eleanor,

Dear P J Ballinger

Request for Information FOI/087/12

IMPORTANT NOTE: On 1st April 2012 Barts and The London NHS Trust, Whipps
Cross University Hospital NHS Trust and Newham University Hospital NHS
Trust merged to form a new organisation called Barts Health NHS Trust.

Please accept my apologies for the fact that your outstanding request
for an internal review into your FOI Request has not been replied to, we
apologise for the inconvenience caused and recognise that this delay is
unacceptable.

Your request for an internal review has been passed to the Trust's
Information Governance Manager and I can assure you that your request an
internal review is being taken forward and you will receive a response
in due course.

However, I do apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to you.

If you are dissatisfied with how we have responded to you, you are
entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745).
Details are shown at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Fleetham

Corporate Services
Barts Health NHS Trust

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Dear P J Ballinger,

Further to our correspondence below, please find attached correspondence
on behalf of the legacy organisation Barts and The London NHS Trust.

Please note that this is not our response to your request for an
internal review, I can assure you that an internal review into the
Trust's handling of your request is being progressed and you will
receive a response in due course.

Yours sincerely

Eleanor Fleetham

Corporate Services
Barts Health NHS Trust

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