Dear Bournemouth Borough Council,
In accordance with The Freedom Of Information Act  I am requesting the following Information.
For clarity, in all requests, if the response to a specific question is ‘one case’ or ‘two cases, please respond with ‘fewer than three cases’. If the response to a specific question is ‘zero cases’, please say so.
• How many individual referrals to Children’s Social Care Services were made in your Local Authority, involving suspected Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII) and/or Muchausens By Proxy Syndrome (MBPS) in 2017?
• In those referrals involving suspected FII or MBPS in 2017, how are they defined to be genuine cases of FII or MBPS?
• Please provide a breakdown of the overall number of these referrals involving suspected FII or MBPS in 2017, by the type of organisation that made the initial referral, as shown in the table. For the NHS and Local Authority categories, please break down by clinic/department (add rows as required).
Type of Organisation
Clinic or Department
Number of referrals on Grounds of FII or MBPS
Schools (please do not identify individual schools).
Other (Please describe type of organisation in this case)
• In how many of these referrals involving suspected FII or MBPS in 2017 were, children removed form families and placed for adoption? How many were returned to families? Please specify a figure for each question.
• In each of these referrals were suspected FII or MBPS was not substantiated. How many of these cases were, closed completely with records amended to reflect no FII or MBPS? How many were subject to on-going monitoring? Please specify a figure for each question please.
I look forward to receiving a response to this request within 20 working days from receipt as per section 10 of The Freedom Of Information Act .
Mrs C Emery
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Dear Mrs Emery
Information Request – Freedom of Information Act
Further to your request for information received on 6th April 2018, please see below response.
Suspected Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII) and/or Munchausen’s By Proxy Syndrome (MBPS) is not recorded by Bournemouth Borough Council.
We will need to locate and retrieve the information from thousands of referrals received by Children’s Social Care.
In 2017 there were 95 children who started to be looked after by Bournemouth, see attached spreadsheet, Table LAC1. We estimate that it would take approximately 20 minutes to locate and retrieve the data per Looked After Child (LAC).
95 LAC x 20 minutes = 1,900 minutes divided by 60 = 31 hours.
The Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004 specifies an “appropriate limit” for the amount of time spent locating, retrieving and extracting the information requested. 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 to locate and retrieve the data could take 31 hours.
We sorry but we are unable to assist you further as our data is not held in a manner that could provide the data requested within the 18 hours cost limit. It would require us to manually access records and therefore cannot be produced within timescales as specified under the Act. The information requested is exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.
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