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Dear Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. How many assessments were completed by independent practitioners or external organisations during the period 23/03/2020 and 22/03/2021 for:
A: PAMS assessments
B: Parenting risk assessments
C: SGO assessments
D: Form F assessments
E: Connected Person / Kinship Care assessments
F: Kinship Viability Assessments
G: Age assessment / unaccompanied minor assessments

2. What is the average price paid per:
A: PAMS assessment
B: Parenting risk assessment
C: SGO assessment
D: Form F assessment
E: Connected Person / Kinship Care Assessment
F: Kinship Viability Assessment
G: Age assessment / unaccompanied minors

3. Please provide the name, position and contact details of the person or team responsible for commissioning these assessments

Yours faithfully,

Jim Ward

BCP Council Enquiries, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Compliance Team, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Mr Ward

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 26th April
2021, we will endeavour to respond to your request by the 20 working day
timescale.

 

To make you aware that we are currently experiencing some delays in
response due to reduced services as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic,
resources may be reduced due to self- isolation or aligned to other
critical services where necessary.

 

Yours sincerely

 

  Compliance Team

Quality & Commissioning

Children’s Services

[1][email address]

Currently working remotely: please email me in the first instance
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Compliance Team, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Mr Ward

 

Information Request – Freedom of Information Act

 

Further to your request for information received on 26^th April 2021,
please see below response.

 

RESPONSE

We do not hold the data in question 1 and 2 in a reportable format, this
information is not recorded on our case management systems in a reportable
format, which means we would have to manually look at every case to
identify the information. It will take approximately 28 hours to locate
and retrieve the requested information for question 1 and 2.

 

The Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004
specifies an “appropriate limit” for the amount of time the Council needs
to spend undertaking that search. If the Council estimates that the time
to taken to locate, retrieve and extract the information requested will
exceed the appropriate limit, then under Section 12 of the Act, it is
therefore not obliged to comply with that request. The appropriate limit
currently specified by the Regulations for local authorities is £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending two and a half
working days in locating, retrieving and extracting the information
requested. We estimate that the cumulative time it would take officers to
locate and retrieve the data would take several weeks and exceed the
appropriate limit as a manual search of records held.

 

We are unable to offer advice and assistance under section 16 of the
Freedom of Information Act as our data is not held in a manner that could
provide the information requested within the 18 hours-time limit. It would
require us to manually access records and therefore cannot be produced
within timescales as specified under the Act.

 

1.         How many assessments were completed by independent
practitioners or external organisations during the period 23/03/2020 and
22/03/2021 for:

A: PAMS assessments – approx. 2 hours to locate and retrieve the
information

B: Parenting risk assessments – approx. 2 hours

C: SGO assessments – approx. 2 hours

D: Form F assessments - – approx. 2 hours

E: Connected Person / Kinship Care assessments – approx. 2 hours

F: Kinship Viability Assessments – approx. 2 hours

G: Age assessment / unaccompanied minor assessments– approx. 2 hours

 

2.         What is the average price paid per:

A: PAMS assessment - approx. 2 hours

B: Parenting risk assessment - approx. 2 hours

C: SGO assessment - approx. 2 hours

D: Form F assessment - approx. 2 hours

E: Connected Person / Kinship Care Assessment - approx. 2 hours

F: Kinship Viability Assessment - approx. 2 hours

G: Age assessment / unaccompanied minors - approx. 2 hours

 

3. Please provide the name, position and contact details of the person or
team responsible for commissioning these assessments?

Response:

Rachel Gravett – Children’s Commissioning-
[1][email address]

Brian Relph, Service Director- [2][email address]

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

  Compliance Team

Quality & Commissioning

Children’s Services

[5][email address]

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From: Compliance Team
Sent: 29 April 2021 16:10
To: [FOI #750637 email]
Subject: 4125 Acknowledgement: Freedom of Information request - Children's
Independent Assessments

 

Dear Mr Ward

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 26th April
2021, we will endeavour to respond to your request by the 20 working day
timescale.

 

To make you aware that we are currently experiencing some delays in
response due to reduced services as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic,
resources may be reduced due to self- isolation or aligned to other
critical services where necessary.

 

Yours sincerely

 

  Compliance Team

Quality & Commissioning

Children’s Services

[7][email address]

Currently working remotely: please email me in the first instance
[8]Sign up to BCP Council’s email news service

 

 

 

 

 

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