Home education and abuse - statistics

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

I would like to know:

A. The number of persons in the local authority of compulsory school age who are, or claimed to be, electively home educated and who have been either suspected or found to be involved in child abuse, neglect, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, radicalisation or domestic servitude.

B. How many (if any) Serious Case Reviews or Joint Area Reviews have been reported with respect to home educated children in the LA.

C. How many of these children have been put on a CIN plan.

D. How many of these children have been put into Local Authority care.

E. How many have ever attended school.

Yours faithfully,

Mx R Vincent

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Andrew Parker,

Dear Mr Vincent,

 

I refer to your request dated 29^th April 2018 which has been dealt with
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Your request was;

 

“I would like to know:

 

A. The number of persons in the local authority of compulsory school age
who are, or claimed to be, electively home educated and who have been
either suspected or found to be involved in child abuse, neglect, forced
marriage, sexual exploitation, radicalisation or domestic servitude.

 

B. How many (if any) Serious Case Reviews or Joint Area Reviews have been
reported with respect to home educated children in the LA.

 

C. How many of these children have been put on a CIN plan.

 

D. How many of these children have been put into Local Authority care.

 

E. How many have ever attended school.”

 

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
I confirm the Authority holds information relevant to the request.

 

Please see the relevant responses to your questions below;

 

The following figures are taken from the cohort of children of statutory
school age known to be Electively Home Educated by West Sussex County
Council on 22^nd May 2018.

 

A.   The number of persons in the local authority of compulsory school age
who are, or claimed to be, electively home educated and who have been
either suspected or found to be involved in child abuse, neglect, forced
marriage, sexual exploitation, radicalisation or domestic servitude.

 

Of the cohort identified, 74 were identified as having undergone a Child
and Family Assessment with one or more of those factors present.

 

B.   How many (if any) Serious Case Reviews or Joint Area Reviews have
been reported with respect to home educated children in the LA.

 

None of the cohort have been subject of a Serious Case Review. 

 

Joint Area Reviews (or JTAI Joint Targeted Area Inspections)  do not focus
on individual children but on wider safeguarding services with the local
authority.

 

C.   How many of these children have been put on a CIN plan.

 

For the cohort identified – 78 either have or have had a CIN plan.

 

D.   How many of these children have been put into Local Authority care.

 

Children who are in the care of the local Authority would come under the
Virtual School for Children Looked After (CLA), they ensure are on the
roll of a school and would not allow a foster carer  to Electively  Home
Educate. Therefore no children in the identified cohort would be CLA.

 

4 had been a Child Looked After at some point previously to being home
educated.

 

E. How many have ever attended school.

 

857 of the cohort identified have attended school at some point prior to
becoming home educated.

 

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Andy Parker

 

 

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Pupil Entitlement: Children’s, Adults, Families, Heath & Education.

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