Fostering Service

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Dear Barking and Dagenham Borough Council,

Please could you provide the following information on your Fostering Service.

Definitions: for these purposes Kinship is the term referred to for any Friends and Family carers or Connected Persons.

1. In House fostering Capacity as of the 01/01/14

A. Total number of fostering households excluding Link, Kinship and respite only carers.
B. Total number of placements that A are approved for.
C. Total number of current placements within A.

2. Kinship numbers as of the 01/01/14

A. Total number of kinship carers households with full approval.
B. Total number with reg24 approval.
C. Does your local authority offer Family Group Conferences?
D. Is there a separate kinship fostering team or equivalent in operation?

3. Fostering Panel

A. Total number of terminations of approval in 2012/13.
B. Total number of terminations of approval in the financial year to date.
C. Total number of new approvals in 2012/13 excluding respite only, link and kinship.
D. Total number of new approvals in the financial year to date excluding respite only, link and kinship.
E. Total number of annual reviews presented to panel in the financial year to date.
F. Total number of changes of approvals presented to panel in the financial year to date.

4. Foster carer annual reviews

A. Total number of annual reviews completed outside of panel in 2012/13.
B. Total number of annual reviews completed outside of panel in the financial year to date.
C. Who chairs the reviews outside of panel: team manager, independent reviewing officer, supervising social worker, nobody, other (please state title).
D. Total number of reviews overdue.

5. Named individuals

A. Names of Agency Decision Makers.
B. Names and contact details of Head of Fostering or the Service Manager responsible for fostering.
C. Name and contact details of B's line manager.

Yours faithfully,

Miss S Mitchell

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Dear Miss S Mitchell

 

Request for information Ref LBBD/77461

 

Your request for information has now been considered and the information
is below.

 

1. In House fostering Capacity as of the 01/01/14

 

A. Total number of fostering households excluding Link, Kinship and
respite only carers. 177

B. Total number of placements that A are approved for. 296

C. Total number of current placements within A. 285

 

2. Kinship numbers as of the 01/01/14

 

A. Total number of kinship carers households with full approval. 3 with
full approval.

B. Total number with reg24 approval. 7

C. Does your local authority offer Family Group Conferences? Yes

D. Is there a separate kinship fostering team or equivalent in operation?
No – Kinship falls within Fostering Team (full assessment/support and
development)

 

 

3. Fostering Panel

 

A. Total number of terminations of approval in 2012/13. April 12 – March
13 = 6 Terminations

B. Total number of terminations of approval in the financial year to date.
April 2013 to date = 9 Terminations

C. Total number of new approvals in 2012/13 excluding respite only, link
and kinship. April 2012 – March 2013 = 24 Approvals

D. Total number of new approvals in the financial year to date excluding
respite only, link and kinship. April 2013 to date 16 approvals

E. Total number of annual reviews presented to panel in the financial year
to date. April 2013 to date = 31 Annual Reviews

F. Total number of changes of approvals presented to panel in the
financial year to date.

 

4. Foster carer annual reviews

 

A. Total number of annual reviews completed outside of panel in 2012/13.
85

B. Total number of annual reviews completed outside of panel in the
financial year to date. 75 since 01/04/2013

C. Who chairs the reviews outside of panel: team manager, independent
reviewing officer, supervising social worker, nobody, other (please state
title). Joanne Tarbutt Group Manager for Adoption and Fostering.

D. Total number of reviews overdue. 0

 

5. Named individuals

 

A. Names of Agency Decision Makers. Ann Graham

B. Names and contact details of Head of Fostering or the Service Manager
responsible for fostering.

Joanne Tarbutt ([1][email address]) Group Manager

Pranitha Rampersad ([2][email address]) Team Manager

C. Name and contact details of B's line manager.

Ann Graham ([3][email address]) Joanne Tarbutt Line Manager

Joanne Tarbutt – Line Manager for Pranitha Rampersad

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Please can you answer question 3f.

Yours sincerely,

Miss S Mitchell