Looked after children 2017

Christina Savage made this Freedom of Information request to Surrey County Council

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Dear Surrey County Council,

Would you kindly be able to tell me:

1. How many children became 'looked after' in your local authority in the calendar year of 2017?

2. Of the children in Q1, how many were in a group of siblings of two or more (I would like the number of children, not the number of groups)?

3. How many of the children that became 'looked after' in your local authority in 2017 were initially placed in Kinship Care/Connected Persons care?

4. How many looked after children in your local authority are currently placed following care proceedings:
a) with long term LA foster carers
b) in kinship care foster placements

5.a. How many applications to be a kinship carer did you receive in 2017 in respect of children subject to Care Proceedings?
5.b. How many of those (5.a.) applications were successful?

6. How many children in your local authority were made the subject of Special Guardianship Order following Care Proceedings in 2017?

7. How many of your local authority's current foster carers are prepared and approved to be long term foster carers of sibling groups of:
a) 2
b) 3 or more

Yours faithfully,

Christina Savage

FOI/COR/SCC, Surrey County Council

Dear Ms Savage

YOUR REQUEST REF NO. 18164 UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your request for information received on the 27 February 2018. Your request reference is as above.

We will respond to your request promptly and in any event within 20 working days from the date of receipt of your request. If you wish to contact me to discuss the progress of your request, please use the contact details given below and quote the reference number given above.  

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Child Info Governance - Secure,

Dear Ms Savage,

 

The department who are handling your Freedom of Information request
require clarification:

 

We don’t provide information in calendar years and it would take too long
to extract this information.

 

We provide date from 1st April – 31st March in any given year (financial
year).  Can you please confirm if you would still like the information in
financial years from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 because we can’t do
1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 yet.

Your request will be placed on hold until we hear from you.

Kind Regards,

Children's Information Governance Team

Tel. 0208 213 2597

Fax. 0208 541 7212 ( secure)

[email address] ( for content up to RESTRICTED)

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Christina Savage

Yes please, I'd then like the date from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Savage

Child Info Governance - Secure,

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

Thank you for your email which has been received by the Children’s
Information Governance Team and we will endeavour to respond as soon as
possible.

 

Kindly note, we are experiencing a large increase in the number of
requests we receive, and unfortunately this has created a backlog. Please
be assured we are doing everything we can to work through this backlog as
quickly as possible.

 

“Where can I find some further information on Data Protection?”

If you would like details regarding information held by us and accessing
this under the Data Protection Act, please [1]click here.

 

"What is DPA?"

The Data Protection Act 1998 ('DPA') is the UK legislation governing how
information related to living individuals is to be handled and processed.
In schedule 1 of DPA 1998, the 8 data protection principles are listed.
Specifically, Principle 6 requires data controllers (such as Surrey County
Council) to process personal data in accordance with the rights the Act
gives to individuals. Under section 7 of DPA individuals have the 'right
of access to personal data'. When requesting access to any personal
information we may hold, we call these requests for information 'subject
access requests' (SARs). To view the legislation, please [2]click here.

"What is the difference between FOI and SAR requests?"

FOI requests fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and SARs fall
under the Data Protection Act 1998. So what is the difference or which
type of request should be submitted? This depends on the information you
wish to acquire.

Subject Access Requests (SARs) are the right of an individual under s.7 of
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would like to make a SAR, please [3]click here.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides public access to
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public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their
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information from public authorities. The FOIA covers information in a
recorded form, we do not have to create new information or find the answer
to a question from a colleague if the information is not recorded. The
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1998 (subject access request)?”

If you are looking to access children’s social care records, you are able
to make a subject access request (SAR) through our online form (please
[5]click here) or in writing to our address listed below.

 

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·         All requests must be in writing (email, letter or online
application)

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·         Evidence of consent if applicable. Please note, in accordance
with the Data Protection Act 1998 we do not disclose third party
information.

·         Evidence of parental responsibility if applicable

 

“What is a data controller?”

A data controller is a person who (either alone or jointly or in common
with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in
which any personal data are, or are to be, processed. Surrey County
Council is a data controller (our data controller registration number is
Z7330410).

 

If you would like to establish if a third party to Surrey County Council
are their own data controller (and therefore we may not hold the
information you are after), please conduct a search on the ICO ‘Register
of data controllers’, a link to this can be found [6]here.

 

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Please review the page on our website titled ‘Accessing your information’
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Our contact details are:

 

Child Information Governance Team,

Surrey County Council,

Quadrant Court,

35 Guildford Road,

Woking,

Surrey,

GU22 7QQ

Telephone: 0208 213 2597

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Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience. We will
endeavour to fulfil your request as soon as we are able to and thank you
for your patience in the interim.

 

Best wishes,

The Children’s Information Governance Team

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Dear Ms Savage,

Thank you for the clarification, I shall inform the relevant department processing your Freedom of Information request.

Kind Regards,

Fahima Motin
Information Governance Assistant
Children's Information Governance Team
Surrey County Council, Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Rd, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7QQ
Tel: 0208 2132597
Email: [email address]
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Christina Savage

I would like to re-submit my request, covering a slightly different period of time namely the financial year and not the calendar year:

1. How many children became 'looked after' in your local authority in the financial year of 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

2. Of the children in Q1, how many were in a group of siblings of two or more (I would like the number of children, not the number of groups)?

3. How many of the children that became 'looked after' in your local authority in the financial year of 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 were initially placed in Kinship Care/Connected Persons care?

4. How many looked after children in your local authority are currently placed following care proceedings:
a) with long term LA foster carers
b) in kinship care foster placements

5.a. How many applications to be a kinship carer did you receive in the financial year of 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 in respect of children subject to Care Proceedings?

5.b. How many of those (5.a.) applications were successful (positive viability assessment)?

6. How many children in your local authority were made the subject of Special Guardianship Order following Care Proceedings in the financial year of 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

7. How many of your local authority's current foster carers are prepared and approved to be long term foster carers of sibling groups of:
a) 2
b) 3 or more

Yours Sincerely
Christina Savage

Child Info Governance - Secure,

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Dear Ms Savage,

 

We apologise for the delay, please find attached our response to your
Freedom of Information request 18164.

 

Kind regards,

 

Childrens Information Governance Team

 

Tel. 0208 213 2597

Fax. 0208 541 7212 ( secure)

 

[1][email address] ( for content up to
RESTRICTED)

 

 

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