Dear Caerphilly County Borough Council,
I would like to request the following figures for the most recent 5 years for which records are available (broken down by year):
How many children have been referred to CCBC Social Services, due to concerns about possible neglect or abuse by their parents?
How many children have, as a result, been taken from their parents and put up for adoption?
Please give a breakdown of those adoption figures by age group: Under-3; 3-5; 6-10; Over-10.
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Dear Andrew Ralph
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
Thank you for your request for information received on the 9^th February
2022. We have considered your request and enclose the following
I would like to request the following figures for the most recent 5 years
for which records are available (broken down by year):
(1) How many children have been referred to CCBC Social Services, due to
concerns about possible neglect or abuse by their parents?
Below are the total number of referrals received -
Total No of
31.12.17 not held
We do not record the information separately concerning possible neglect or
abuse by parents.
We estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the
appropriate limit of £450 for local government, which is specified in the
Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limits and Fees)
Regulations 2004. Therefore we are refusing to supply this information
under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to
determine whether your request exceeds this limit, we must multiply an
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Under the Freedom of Information Act, we a have a duty to provide advice
and assistance to help you narrow, reform or refocus your request so that
the cost of complying with it falls below the appropriate limit of £450.
Unfortunately, on this occasion, as the information is not separately held
and would require the examination and extraction from the number of
records above, we are unable provide the detail requested without
exceeding the appropriate fees limit.
(2) How many children have, as a result, been taken from their parents and
put up for adoption?
Please see attached Excel sheet.
(3) Please give a breakdown of those adoption figures by age group:
Under-3; 3-5; 6-10; Over-10
Please see attached Excel sheet.
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