Children removed into care 7th December 2012

Barry made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

Under the FOI Act I require the amount of children defined by sex and ages taken into Kent County Council care on 7th December 2012.

1. How many of these children were taken into care without Kent County Council obtaining an Emergency Protection Order.

2. How many of these children were taken into care using a Police Protection Order.

3. How many of these children were taken into care by Kent County Council on the 7th December 2012 had the following Social Worker Yvonne Kuponguo present. Who is believed to be a foreign social worker. Provide this public servants registration number and the date she began as a social worker with Kent Council.

4. Confirm that a mandatory family group conference meeting was held prior to any children being taken into the care of Kent County Council in order that the children could remain within their family. List separately the number of children that did receive a family group conference and list the number of children that did not and give the reasons for the latter.

Yours faithfully,

Barry

Dear Kent County Council,

I was given the incorrect spelling of the social worker in question. The correct spelling is as follows. Yvonne Kapungu

Yours faithfully,

Barry

Kent County Council

Dear Sir

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 10 January 2013 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/12/1618 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Miss Ellis Bryant
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
ME14 1XQ. 
Telephone: 01622 694261, Internal: 7000 4261, Fax: 01622 696075
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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Kent County Council

Dear Sir
 
Thank you for your request for information. Kent County Council's response
is as follows:
 

With regards to Question 1 and 2: There were 10 children taken in to Care
on the 7th December however, KCC is unable to provide the information
requested defined by legal order, sex and age together as it could
potentially identify the individuals involved (because the figures may be
less than 5) and would constitute a breach of the Data Protection Act
1998. Therefore, this information is exempt from disclosure under section
40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the grounds that it is
personal information.

 

With regards to Question 3: KCC is unable to provide the information
requested as the data could potentially identify the individuals involved
(because the figures may be less than 5 when broken down further) and
would constitute a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. Therefore, this
information is exempt from disclosure under section 40 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 on the grounds that it is personal information.  

 

The registration number of the social worker, Yvonne Kupungo is:
SW10221. KCC can confirm that her employment began on 6 December 2010.

 

With regards to Question 4: KCC is unable to provide the information
requested as the data could potentially identify the individuals involved
(because the figures may be less than 5 when broken down further) and
would constitute a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. Therefore, this
information is exempt from disclosure under section 40 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 on the grounds that it is personal information.
Please note that Family Group Conferencing is not mandatory.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/12/1618.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/getting....

 
Kind Regards
 
Miss Ellis Bryant
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
ME14 1XQ. 
Telephone: 01622 694261, Internal: 7000 4261, Fax: 01622 696075
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...
 

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sandy Joyce left an annotation ()

There is no such thing as a police protection order, an order may only be handed by the court, in an emergency situation the police will use police protection powers to enter the home, only if they have reason to believe there is someone inside who is in danger, there is a criminal inside the property or they have a warrant to enter the home, if they had none of these, entry was illegal.
A section 47 is a complicated matter to those who do not know the law behind it, quite often the police think they can do what they like on the say so of social workers who don't know the law themselves, they cannot, they are unfortunately manipulated greatly.
Considering the high amount of removals implememnted by KCC social services yearly, i highly doubt that no matter how anyone breaks down the figures, it will ever come to 5 or less, therefore I suggest you make a further foi to find out if it is 5 or less then re-apply this foi with your new found evidence
The figures you request are available through an Internet search, you can see for yourself they will not break down to 5 or less with the best will in the world. Therefore I don't see why this request could not have been answered fully. I also fail to see how stating for example 20 males aged 1, 10 females aged 2 and so on is going to lead to a personal information disclosure, there are thousands of children across Kent of a 50/50 gender who are all the same age