Children returned home after looked after care

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Dear Lincolnshire County Council,

How many children returned home to their biological parents or a person with parental responsibility ages of all children years of 2010 2011 2011 2012 2013 or as much as you can provide

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Peacher

FOI, Lincolnshire County Council

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Freedom of Information
Customer Service Centre
Witham Park House
Waterside South
Lincoln
LN5 7JN
Tel: 01522 782187
[1][email address]

[2]www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

                                               

Dear Andrew Peacher

 

Freedom of Information Reference: 3238117FOI

 

Subject: Six emails requesting information on the overarching theme of
Looked After Children (LAC). 

 

Thank you for your recent requests for information received by this office
on 28^th June 2013. Your requests are being dealt with under the terms of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

We have aggregated the 6 emails you sent to us into one request.  The
Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows a public authority to do this if
the requests are:

o Requested by one person, or by different persons who appear to be
acting in concert;
o For the same or similar information, or there is an overarching theme;
o The subsequent request is received by the authority within 60 working
days of the previous request.

To avoid confusion and so that you have all correspondence in one place we
will use [3][email address] (which is the email
address which your first request was sent from) for all future
correspondence in relation to this aggregated request. 

 

Your request will be handled by the Adults and Children's Services
Directorate. We will aim to respond to your request, notifying you whether
or not the information requested is held by Lincolnshire County Council
and communicating that information to you (provided that the information
is not exempt under the terms of the Act), within 20 working days from the
day after your request was received.

 

We may reasonably require further information from you in order to
identify and locate the information requested. If this is the case we will
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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information
Customer Service Centre

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FOI, Lincolnshire County Council

3 Attachments

 

 

Freedom of Information
Customer Service Centre
Witham Park House
Waterside South
Lincoln
LN5 7JN
Tel: 01522 782187
[1][email address]

[2]www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

 

 

Dear Andrew Peacher

 

Freedom of Information Reference: 3238117FOI

 

Subject: Request for information regarding Looked After Children (LAC)

 

Please find our response to your request below:

 

Request

 

Q1       How many children are in looked after in the county?

Q2       How many children died in Lincolnshire looked after care system
for year 2011, 2012, 2013?

Q3       How much child benefit is paid to the local authority while a
child is in LOOKED AFTER care and away from their parents IN MONEY TERMS
PLEASE. 2011 2012 2013?

Q4       How many children run away from looked after care 2011 2012 2013?

o   How many was found safe in 2011 2012 2013

o   How many was found harmed 2011 2012 2013

o   How many was missing after 1 month 2011 2012 2013

o   How many missing by the end of that year. 2011 2012 2013

o   How many never found? 2011 2012 2013

Q5       How many children returned home to their biological parents or a
person with parental responsibility ages of all children years of 2010
2011 2012 2013 or as much as you can provide?

Q6       How many social workers and family support workers have lied
about a child's parents a person with parental responsibility to get that
child or children in to care or to stop the child children going home.

Who did the social worker or family support worker for families lie to

·         head of their department in social services and what did the
head do.

·         lied to the police and what action taken

·         lied to the school child children was attending what action
taken.

·         lied in a court of law and what action taken.

 

 

Response

 

Please note that the data source for the response to your request is our
Integrated Children's System (ICS) and related published statistics.  Some
of the information you have requested is not recorded on ICS and it is
therefore not possible for us to report on the data automatically,
although we may be able to confirm that Lincolnshire County Council holds
the information requested, to arrange to meet your request in full the
time it would take to manually interrogate the children's case files would
exceed 18 hours (the appropriate time limit set to gather the information
for FOI requests).

 

Q1       How many children are in looked after in the county?

Number of LAC at 31st March in Lincolnshire:

o 2009/10 = 522
o 2010/11 = 489
o 2011/12 = 500
o 2012/13 = 583

 

Q2       How many children died in Lincolnshire looked after care system
for year 2011, 2012, 2013?

o 2010/11 = 0
o 2011/12 = 1
o 2012/13 = 0

 

Q3       How much child benefit is paid to the local authority while a
child is in LOOKED AFTER care and away from their parents IN MONEY TERMS
PLEASE. 2011 2012 2013?

There is no child benefit paid to the Local Authority for Children Looked
After

 

Q4       How many children run away from looked after care 2011 2012 2013?

o How many was found safe in 2011 2012 2013
o How many was found harmed 2011 2012 2013
o How many was missing after 1 month 2011 2012 2013
o How many missing by the end of that year. 2011 2012 2013
o How many never found? 2011 2012 2013

With regard to these questions, Lincolnshire County Council has policy for
Looked After Children missing from care which includes a "Missing Child -
Return Interview" and subsequent "Missing Child - Risk Assessment".

During each of the last 3 years the number of "Missing Child Return
Interviews" was as follows:

                                                           

1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011                   0 instances,  0 children

1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012                   9 instances,  7 children

1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013                   50 instances , 26 children

 

This data has only been recorded on ICS in an automatically reportable
field diligently over the last year hence the previous two years' figures
are very low and the report that we are able to produce does not provide
an accurate picture for 2010/11 and 2011/12.  It is likely that the
figures would increase if we were to undertake a manual search of the
record of every LAC for each year, but the amount of time that it would
take to do so would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours by quite some
margin, the time it would take to gather this information would increase
still further if we were to arrange to meet your request for more detail
within the "How many went missing" question. 

 

The further detail you have requested is only available on a child by
child basis and would require detailed analysis of individual case notes
entered by all the Care Professionals involved for each "Missing" event. 
If we were to look at providing the detail on just the 33 children where
we have been able to generate an automatic report (indicated above), we
estimate that to manually interrogate each child's case notes would take
over an hour per child which totals a minimum of 33 hours' work. When
calculated (at one officer working for 33 hours at the recommended rate of
£25.00 per hour) this small section of the overall work involved is
estimated to cost the council a minimum of £825.00

 

Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act a public authority does
not have to comply with a request for information if the cost of
compliance exceeds the appropriate limit. The current limit is set at 18
hours or £450. Although we can confirm that the information requested is
held by Lincolnshire County Council we consider that the information has
qualified as having exceeding this limit.

 

Q5       How many children returned home to their biological parents or a
person with parental responsibility ages of all children years of 2010
2011 2012 2013 or as much as you can provide?

Looked After Children - Ceased to be Looked After
Reason 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
Returned home 78 85 89
Total number of instances of Looked After Children
leaving care 228 234 239

 

Q6       How many social workers and family support workers have lied
about a child's parents a person with parental responsibility to get that
child or children in to care or to stop the child children going home.

Who did the social worker or family support worker for families lie to

·         head of their department in social services and what did the
head do.

·         lied to the police and what action taken

·         lied to the school child children was attending what action
taken.

·         lied in a court of law and what action taken.

This information is not recorded on ICS or any one database as a reason
code and is therefore not available in an automatically reportable way. 
To answer this question it would require a detailed manual search of every
social worker and family support worker's HR personnel records for each of
the years requested.  Over the 3 years requested we have employed
approximately 471 Social workers and Family Support Workers.  It is
estimated that it would take a minimum of 30 minutes to read through each
staff member's personnel record for the period to locate the information
requested, when calculated this produces a very conservative estimate of
235.5 hours' work, further time would then need to be spent on analysing
and organising the raw data.  So again, if we were to arrange to answer
this part of your request it would exceed the appropriate limit of 18
hours' work by a considerable amount.

 

We are unable to assist by advising on how your enquiry could be brought
within the appropriate time limits as even reducing the request to one
year would still significantly exceed the limit.

 

We believe this answers your request in full.

You are entitled to an internal review of the administration of your
request. You can request an internal review by contacting
[3][email address]. Should you remain dissatisfied following the
outcome of the review you can submit a formal complaint to the Information
Commissioner's Office. Further information can be obtained from their
website [4]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

 

Once again, thank you for your enquiry.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Freedom of Information

Lincolnshire County Council

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Andrew Peacher left an annotation ()

Hi I am still waiting a internal review the answers are not in full or hasnt been answered some answers are incorrect or lies please explain and review the questions.