Children Taken Into Care Without Care Responsibilities Being Offered To Family Or Friends

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Dear Bristol City Council,

This is an FOI request on Children's, Social Services within your organisation.

Please can you tell me the statistics on how many children have been taken in to care by your social services based on 'Risk' only and how many have been taken into care because of 'actual' harm.

Can you provide stats on physical harm inclusive of smacking a child which, actually quite suprisingly isn't against the law.

Could you provide stats of those taken into care who were offered adoption or foster responsibilities to family members (including extended family members or friends) before Social Services took the children into their care?
Or how many family members (outside of the parents) applied for foster/ adoption of children facing placement in to care?

Yours faithfully,

Hannah James

Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

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Dear Hannah James 
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"No Reply @ Bristol" <noreply@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 10/04/2018

Your request number is CRN00163786

We’ve looked at your request and you should receive a reply on or before 09/05/2018 11:11 This will be 20 working days since your original request.

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From: Hannah James [mailto:[FOI #476669 email]]
Sent: 09 April 2018 17:13
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Children Taken Into Care Without Care Responsibilities Being Offered To Family Or Friends

Dear Bristol City Council,

This is an FOI request on Children's, Social Services within your organisation.

Please can you tell me the statistics on how many children have been taken in to care by your social services based on 'Risk' only and how many have been taken into care because of 'actual' harm.

Can you provide stats on physical harm inclusive of smacking a child which, actually quite suprisingly isn't against the law.

Could you provide stats of those taken into care who were offered adoption or foster responsibilities to family members (including extended family members or friends) before Social Services took the children into their care?
Or how many family members (outside of the parents) applied for foster/ adoption of children facing placement in to care?

Yours faithfully,

Hannah James

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"No Reply @ Bristol" <noreply@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 10/04/2018

Your request number is CRN00163786

We’ve looked at your request and you should receive a reply on or before 09/05/2018 11:11 This will be 20 working days since your original request.

The request

From: Hannah James [mailto:[FOI #476669 email]]
Sent: 09 April 2018 17:13
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Children Taken Into Care Without Care Responsibilities Being Offered To Family Or Friends

Dear Bristol City Council,

This is an FOI request on Children's, Social Services within your organisation.

Please can you tell me the statistics on how many children have been taken in to care by your social services based on 'Risk' only and how many have been taken into care because of 'actual' harm.

Can you provide stats on physical harm inclusive of smacking a child which, actually quite suprisingly isn't against the law.

Could you provide stats of those taken into care who were offered adoption or foster responsibilities to family members (including extended family members or friends) before Social Services took the children into their care?
Or how many family members (outside of the parents) applied for foster/ adoption of children facing placement in to care?

Yours faithfully,

Hannah James

Additional Information (if any)

If you don’t hear from us by this time please contact [Bristol City Council request email]
Contact details we have for you
Hannah James
 [FOI #476669 email]

 

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Bristol City Council

"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 10/04/2018

Your request number is CRN00163786

Our reply to your request is:  

Please can you tell me the statistics on how many children have been taken in to care by your social services based on 'Risk' only and how many have been taken into care because of 'actual' harm.

 

I’m sorry that we cannot provide you with this information because it cannot be reported from our Integrated Children’s System, which is the database where all information is recorded in relation to children we work with.

 

Can you provide stats on physical harm inclusive of smacking a child which, actually quite suprisingly isn't against the law.

 

In the year 1^st April 2016, to 31^st March 2017, 60 children became the subject of a child protection plan due to physical abuse. More information about these statistics, can be found here:

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

 

 

Could you provide stats of those taken into care who were offered adoption or foster responsibilities to family members (including extended family members or friends) before Social Services took the children into their care?

Or how many family members (outside of the parents) applied for foster/ adoption of children facing placement in to care?

 

I’m sorry that we cannot provide you with this information because it cannot be reported from our Integrated Children’s System and would require us to look at the individual records of hundreds of children, taking more than
the time allowed for FOI requests. Information that is reportable about children in care can be found here:

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

This response should answer your request in full.

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Write to: Customer Relations (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

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Dear &quot;Customer Relations Team&quot; &lt;[email address]&gt;,

Thank you for your response.

I would have liked stats going back to 1990 if it is possible.

Of those 60 children who your departments claim were taken in to care as a result of physical abuse, how many of these claims were tried and found in a court case involving a judge and jury?
If the answer is none, can you explain?

Can you also tell me of all of the foster carers, how many were allowed to choose the sex of the children they were looking to foster?

I can put in a new request if you like. Although, I prefer the continuation in one place.

Yours sincerely,

Hannah James

No Reply @ Bristol, Bristol City Council

Dear Hannah James 
This is a courtesy email to let you know your Public Information
Request has been received on : 18/04/2018. 
Your unique reference number is "CRN00164842 ". Please keep this
number safe, as you may be required to provide it in the future. 
If you need to add further information concerning your case or
require an update about your response date, please email
[email address
Regards,
Customer Relations Team

"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 18/04/2018

Your request number is CRN00164842

We’ve looked at your request and you should receive a reply on or before 17/05/2018 13:16 This will be 20 working days since your original request.

The request

From: Hannah James [mailto:[FOI #476669 email]]
Sent: 16 April 2018 12:37
To: Complaints and Feedback
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request : Bristol City Council

Dear "Customer Relations Team" <[email address]>,

Thank you for your response.

I would have liked stats going back to 1990 if it is possible.

Of those 60 children who your departments claim were taken in to care as a result of physical abuse, how many of these claims were tried and found in a court case involving a judge and jury?
If the answer is none, can you explain?

Can you also tell me of all of the foster carers, how many were allowed to choose the sex of the children they were looking to foster?

I can put in a new request if you like. Although, I prefer the continuation in one place.

Yours sincerely,

Hannah James

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"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 18/04/2018

Your request number is CRN00164842

Our reply to your request is:  

We cannot provide statistics going back to 1990. Please see the
government website link in previous answer for available historical
data.

 

The reference to 60 children in the previous answer was not about
children coming into care, it was about 60 children becoming the
subject of a Child Protection Plan due to concerns about physical
abuse. This does not mean that the children subsequently came into
care. Only a very small number of children come into care due to
concerns about physical abuse, although our recording system will not
allow me to tell you exactly how many.

 

In general terms, if Councils assess that children are at risk of
significant harm in the care of their family, to the extent that it
is no longer safe for the children to remain at home, we must make an
application to the family court. The evidence is then presented and
tested by the court, with all parties represented by their own
solicitor - parents, the child (through the court appointed
Children's Guardian), and the council.

It is either magistrates, or a family court judge, who make the
decision based on the evidence presented.

 

In relation to your question about foster carers choosing the sex of
those they foster, in our experience if foster carers do express a
preference, or we assess that they are suitable for either male or
female foster children, this is usually about how they will integrate
foster children into their existing family, for example, if children
need to share a bedroom.

This response should answer your request in full.

If you’re not satisfied with our response, or if you want to appeal
against any exemptions:

Email: [1][Bristol City Council request email]
Write to: Customer Relations (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

If you’re still not satisfied with our response:

You can complain to the Information Commissioner. 
Find out how to do this on the Information Commissioner Office
website
 (link to [2]http://ico.org.uk/concerns)

Copyright

You do not own the copyright to any of the information we give you.
Copyright may be owned by the council or by a third party.

You are not allowed to:

·         make a copy of the information

·         use the information commercially

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us for permission in writing first. We can’t give permission if it is
from a third party.

 

Kind regards

Bristol City Council

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