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Dear Leeds City Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the following information in relation to children with a learning disability in your local authority:

1) All local authorities are required by Schedule 2, 2(1) of the Children Act 1989 to hold a register of disabled children. Does your local authority have a ‘Disabled Children’s Register’?
If so:
a) How many disabled children, by each single year of age until 17, were on this register in:
i) 2014/15?
ii) 2015/2016?
iii) 2016/2017?
b) How many children with a learning disability, by each single year of age until 17, were on this register in:
i) 2014/15?
ii) 2015/2016?
iii) 2016/2017?
c) Of the children with a learning disability currently on the register (in September 2017), how many are currently placed out of area?

2) How many ‘children in need’ in your local authority area also had an identified learning disability in:
i) 2014/15?
ii) 2015/2016?
iii) 2016/2017?

3) What services does your local authority provide or expect to be available that are accessed by children with a learning disability and/or their parents? Please provide details of each service, including:
a) What age range is each of these services suitable for?
b) How much money was spent on each of these services in:
i) 2014/15?
ii) 2015/2016?
iii) 2016/2017?
c) How many children are currently on a waiting list to access each of these services?
d) What is the approximate wait time from referral to access for each of these services?
e) What are the current routes for referral to each of these services?

4) Does your local authority provide specific parenting programmes for parents of disabled children? If so:
a) How many parents currently access these programmes?
b) How many parents are currently on a waiting list to access each programme?

5) As per the question in section 2.3 of Children’s Services Omnibus Survey 2017, does your local authority have a function or team that is able to:
a) Analyse the demand for children’s social care
b) Identify unmet needs for individual children and families
If yes to any of the above, please specify the name of this function.

6) How much money was spent by your local authority on out of area placements for disabled children in:
a) 2014/15?
b) 2015/16?
c) 2016/17?

7) How much money was a) allocated to the local authority for children with high needs and b) spent by the local authority on children with high needs in:
a) 2014/15?
b) 2015/16?
c) 2016/17?

8) What proportion of your local authority’s children’s social care budget was spent on services for disabled children in:
a) 2014/15?
b) 2015/16?
c) 2016/17?

9) Does your local authority have an early intervention strategy?
a) If so, please could you provide this?

10) Does your local authority have eligibility criteria for determining access to children’s social care under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989?
a) If so, please could you provide this?

b) Does your local authority have identified priorities for joint commissioning arrangements under Section 26 of the Children and Families Act 2014? If so, please could you provide this?

For the purposes of this Freedom of Information request, I define learning disability as:
“… a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities - for example household tasks, socialising or managing money - which affects someone for their whole life.
People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and interact with other people.
The level of support someone needs depends on individual factors, including the severity of their learning disability.”

For the purposes of this Freedom of Information request, I define children as being 0-17 years old (inclusive).

Yours faithfully,

James Robinson

DPFOI, Leeds City Council

Dear James Robinson,

Freedom of information request Ref 19498 : SEN and CIN children statistics

Thank you for your request for the above information which we received 1, September 2017. We will respond to your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We have passed your request onto Nicola Palmer, Information Access Manager, Childrens & Families, [email address] who will arrange a response within the appropriate statutory time limit.

Please remember to quote reference number FOI 19498 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Mr Adam O’Connell
Information Governance Assistant
Information Management & Governance
Digital and Information Service
Leeds City Council

0113 37 84251
www.leeds.gov.uk

IMG.AC.FOI, Leeds City Council

Dear James Robinson

 

Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 19498)

 

I refer to the above and your request dated 1, September 2017. I have
contacted the relevant services and now provide a response to the
following request SEN and CIN children statistics.

 

1)All local authorities are required by Schedule 2, 2(1) of the Children
Act 1989 to hold a register of disabled children. Does your local
authority have a ‘Disabled Children’s Register’?

 

Leeds City Council does have a Disabled Children Register.

 

a) How many disabled children, by each single year of age until 17, were
on this register in:

i) 2014/15?

ii) 2015/2016?

iii) 2016/2017?

 

b) How many children with a learning disability, by each single year of
age until 17, were on this register in:

i) 2014/15?

ii) 2015/2016?

iii) 2016/2017?

 

7 children / young people were entered onto the register in 2015/16. 
However, there were none registered in 2014/15 and 2016/17.

 

We confirm that we do hold the information requested regarding the ages of
the children registered but we are unable to provide this as we consider
this information to be exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the FOIA) together with the condition in section
40(3)(a)(i).  This provides an absolute exemption if disclosure of the
personal data would breach any of the data protection principles.

 

In the Information Commissioner’s view, the two main elements of personal
data are that the information must ‘relate to’ a living individual and
that person must be identifiable. Information will ‘relate to’ a person if
it is about them, linked to them, has some biographical significance for
them, is used to inform decisions affecting them, has them as its main
focus or impacts on them in any way.  It has been held by the Article 29
working party, the advisory party to the European Commission, that to
determine whether a person is identifiable, account should be taken of all
the means likely reasonably to be used either by the controller or by any
other person to identify that person.

 

It is our view that the information requested is personal data since there
is a strong case that living individuals can be identified if the
information was to be disclosed. 

 

To fulfil the first data protection principle, a disclosure of personal
data must be fair, lawful and meet one of the relevant fair processing
schedule conditions.  Since the information requested is sensitive
personal data, as it relates to physical or mental health, a fair
processing condition in Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 must be met.  It is our
view that none of the conditions in Schedule 3 can be met and, therefore,
any such disclosure would be unfair. Therefore, it is the Council’s view
that to disclose the information requested would be a breach of the first
principle of the Data Protection Act.

 

c) Of the children with a learning disability currently on the register
(in September 2017), how many are currently placed out of area?

 

Leeds City Council’s register does not hold this information

 

2)How many ‘children in need’ in your local authority area also had an
identified learning disability in:

i) 2014/15?

 

Number of children in need at 31 March 2015 with a disability recorded =
414 (6.4%)

Percentage of children reported with a disability who have a learning
disability = 46.4%

Data source: National Statistics - Characteristics of children in need:
2014 to 2015 SFR 41/2015

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

 

ii) 2015/2016?

 

Number of children in need at 31 March 2016 with a disability recorded =
464 (8.1%). 

Percentage of children reported with a disability who have a learning
disability = 44.6%

Data source: National Statistics - Characteristics of children in need:
2015 to 2016 SFR 52/2016

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

 

iii) 2016/2017?

 

Unfortunately I am unable to respond to your request as we have considered
the application of a qualified exemption. The exemption which has been
considered is that which is set out under Section 22 (1) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and covers information which is intended for future
publication. As this is a qualified exemption, it was necessary for us to
hold a public interest test in order to consider the application of the
exemption.

 

The information you have requested relating to children in need in the
local authority area that also had an identified learning disability in
2016/17 is not available until March 2018. If you would like to resubmit
your request after this date we will we will review our decision.

 

3)What services does your local authority provide or expect to be
available that are accessed by children with a learning disability and/or
their parents? Please provide details of each service, including:

a) What age range is each of these services suitable for?

CHAD Social work ( 0-18)

Occupational Therapy (0-18)

Portage ( 0-5)

Access to Educational Psychology team (0-25)

Access to SENIT team (0-18)

 

b) How much money was spent on each of these services in:

i) 2014/15?

CHAD Social work                                           £824,949

Occupational Therapy                                    £216,209

Portage                                                           £185,000

Access to Educational Psychology team         £1,419,633

Access to SENIT team                                     £1,135,599

ii) 2015/2016?

CHAD Social work                                           £1,091,576

Occupational Therapy                                    £273,164

Portage                                                           £185,000

Access to Educational Psychology team         £1,470,124

Access to SENIT team                                    £1,356,897

iii) 2016/2017?

CHAD Social work                                           £1,090,396

Occupational Therapy                                    £244,711

Portage                                                           £185,000

Access to Educational Psychology team         £1,549,662

Access to SENIT team                                     £1,493,957

 

c) How many children are currently on a waiting list to access each of
these services?

d) What is the approximate wait time from referral to access for each of
these services?

e) What are the current routes for referral to each of these services?

Unfortunately we are unable to supply the information you have requested
as it is accessible elsewhere - Section 21(2) (a) of the Freedom of
Information Act.  It is worth mentioning that Section 21(2) (a) of the
Freedom of Information Act  states that information which is reasonably
accessible to you by other means is exempt from the Act. Under Section 21
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are not required to provide
information in response to a request for information if it is already
reasonably accessible to you, the referral routes to each of the services
above are set out on the Local Offer is available on the council’s web
site [3]http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/...

 

4) Does your local authority provide specific parenting programmes for
parents of disabled children? If so:

a) How many parents currently access these programmes?

b) How many parents are currently on a waiting list to access each
programme?

Leeds City Council does not deliver specific parenting programmes for
parents of disabled children. However, the range of parenting programmes
on offer at Children’s Centres is inclusive to all Parents.

 

5) As per the question in section 2.3 of Children’s Services Omnibus
Survey 2017, does your local authority have a function or team that is
able to:

a) Analyse the demand for children’s social care

b) Identify unmet needs for individual children and families

If yes to any of the above, please specify the name of this function.

a)    There are several teams and functions which would do this within our
organisation, limiting this to one role or function would over simplify
how this is delivered.  Research and analysis of demand can take place
within our performance and policy service, commissioning service, finance
and HR ,improvement hub and potentially by individuals working on specific
projects. Patterns and trends of demand within social care would typically
come from the Intelligence and Policy service.

b)    This would be intrinsic to the entire Children’s services function.
Whilst we do have functions that can analyse data, including that of
individuals and families, the assessment of need would be carried out
through a restorative process involving the families and the front line
workers,  with resources supplied by  support services wrapped around that
assessment. This would also include review and challenge, both internally
and independently. As per question a), this would be supplied by various
services, such as the Integrated safeguarding service, intelligence and
policy service and others and to try to simplify this to a single function
would not be representative

 

6) How much money was spent by your local authority on out of area
placements for disabled children in:

a) 2014/15?    £1,171,193

b) 2015/16?    £1,472,830

c) 2016/17?    £1,954,591

 

7) How much money was a) allocated to the local authority for children
with high needs and b) spent by the local authority on children with high
needs  in:

                        A £000’s      B £000’s

a) 2014-15       £53,919       £53,249                                

b) 2015-16      £55,670       £56,398

c) 2016-17       £55,270       £59,849

 

 

8) What proportion of your local authority’s children’s social care budget
was spent on services for disabled children in:

a) 2014/15      8.21%

b) 2015/16      7.47%

c) 2016/17      7.56%

 

9) Does your local authority have an early intervention strategy?

a)If so, please could you provide this?

Unfortunately we are unable to supply the information you have requested
as it is accessible elsewhere - Section 21(2) (a) of the Freedom of
Information Act.  It is worth mentioning that Section 21(2) (a) of the
Freedom of Information Act  states that information which is reasonably
accessible to you by other means is exempt from the Act. Under Section 21
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are not required to provide
information in response to a request for information if it is already
reasonably accessible to you, the Early Intervention Strategy is available
on the council’s web site [4]https://www.leedslscb.org.uk/

 

10) Does your local authority have eligibility criteria for determining
access to children’s social care under Section 17 of the Children Act
1989?

a) If so, please could you provide this?

Leeds City Council does not use threshold criteria

 

b)Does your local authority have identified priorities for joint
commissioning arrangements under Section 26 of  the Children and Families
Act 2014?  If so, please could you provide this?

In accordance with Section 26 of the Children and Families Act (2014) the
CCGs and Local Authority work together to plan and commission services for
children and young people in the city with Special Educational Needs and
Disabilities (SEND). The services are commissioned to ensure integrated
delivery of the assessment and a single unified EHC plan in Leeds.   The
health service specifications and contract reflects these requirements,
alongside the Designated Medical and Clinical Officer roles.

The CCGs and Local Authority work together to use their resources to
improve outcomes for children and young people in the city; we have a
joint commissioning group and a complex needs partnership board. We are
working strategically and have achieved alignment across our service
offering and the pooling of budgets for a community equipment service via
a section 75 agreement. We are committed to commissioning personalised and
integrated care and have created joint working groups and panels including
a Learning Disability Behaviour Support group, Medical Needs Teaching
Service and we have a Multi-Agency Panel that considers applications for
EHC needs assessments.

The priorities for the Leeds Children’s Joint Commissioning Group are:

·        Commissioning integrated and personalised services for children
with complex needs (SEN) (Children & Family Act legislation/ NHS Mandate)

·        Commissioning to ensure everyone will have the best start in
life.

·        Delivery of the Leeds Local Transformation Plan for CYP with
mental health and wellbeing and the SEMH Strategy

·        Pathways for children who enter and leave care and improved
services for children whilst in care.

 

I trust that this response is satisfactory. If however you are
dissatisfied with this response you have a right to appeal to an
independent officer within Childrens & Families. They will re-examine your
request and assess whether we have adhered to the requirements of the act.
Should you wish to follow this course of action please address your
concerns in writing to Moin Patel, Childrens & Families, Information
Management and Governance, PO Box 837, Leeds, LS1 9PZ or by emailing
[5][email address].

 

You also have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act
to ask the Information Commissioner to decide whether we have met with our
obligations under the act.  The Commissioner has however made it clear
that he expects all applicants to exhaust internal appeals procedures
prior to making such an application. Should you wish to contact the
Commissioner’s office then you can write to the following address:

 

            Office of the Information Commissioner,

            Wycliffe House,

            Water Lane,

            Wilmslow,

            Cheshire,

            SK9 5AF.

 

You may also contact the Commissioner via his website at [6]www.ico.gov.uk

 

I trust that this is self-explanatory.  If you have any queries please
contact me on 0113 3784251, or by return email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sam Slatcher

Information Access Officer

Information Management & Governance

Digital & Information Service

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 37 84251

 

 

 

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