Dear Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council,

1. How many children became 'looked after' in your local authority in 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

CSG InformationRights^, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Savage

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records held by this service.

Acknowledgement

Your request was received by this department on 15 February 2018.
A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20 working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect to receive your decision by 15 March 2018.

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Yours sincerely
Information Rights Officer

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Christina Savage

Dear CSG InformationRights,

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 2016/2017 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 2016/2017 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 2016/2017?
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

Julie Brown, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

What do they know   My Ref: CC49697
Ms Christina Savage   Your Ref:
   
   
  Date: 09/03/2018
   
Dear Ms Savage

Subject: Freedom of Information - Learning and Children - Children and
Families

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your email to this
service dated 15 February 2018.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we are able to grant
access to the records requested and accordingly they are as follows:

1. How many children became 'looked after' in your local authority in
2017?
194

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)?
109

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?
61

4. How many looked after children in your local authority are currently
placed following care proceedings:
a) with long term LA foster carers
206
b) in kinship care foster placements
38

5.a. How many applications to be a kinship carer did you receive in 2017
in respect of children subject to Care Proceedings?
27
5.b. How many of those (5.a.) applications were successful?
6

6. How many children in your local authority were made the subject of
Special Guardianship Order following Care Proceedings in 2017?
11

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
58
b) 3 or more
19

Please note:
The information provided in response to your request is copyright
Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this
information under the Freedom of Information Act does not permit you to
re-use the information provided for commercial purposes, for photocopying
or reproduction in any form. If you wish to re-use the information you
need to apply for a Licence. You can do this by writing to Information
Rights Officer, Corporate Services and Governance, 1st Floor, Civic
Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH. You may be required to pay a
fee or comply with conditions for permitted re-use.

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please
contact Information Rights on 0191 433 3000.

Yours faithfully

Information Rights

 

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