Christina Savage

Dear West Berkshire 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, West Berkshire Council

FoI/2018/235

 

Dear Ms Savage

 

Request for information: Looked After Children

 

Thank you for your request received on 1 March 2018; we will seek to
respond within twenty working days.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rachel Craggs

Principal Policy Officer (Information Management)

Strategic Support, West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street,
Newbury RG14 5LD

(01635) 519441  |  Ext 2441  |  [email address]

www.westberks.gov.uk

 

 

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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

foi, West Berkshire Council

FoI/2018/235

 

Dear Ms Savage

 

Request for information: Looked After Children

 

Please see below the Council’s response to your request for information.

 

You have asked;

 

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

80

 

 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)?  

We are still collating the information to respond to this question and
will send this shortly. Please accept my apologies for the delay. 

 

 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?  

17

 

4. How many looked after children in your local authority are currently
placed following care proceedings:

a) with long term LA foster carers

As at the last day of February 2018, 57 young people (who were on a Care
Order) were in Long Term Fostering Placement

 

Please note, these figures relate to different families/households to
those mentioned in the response to 7a &b which we have interpreted as
meaning families/household with current vacancies

 

b) in kinship care foster placements

As at the last day of February 2018, 21 young people (who were on a Care
Order) were 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?

During period in question we received 12 applications; 8 of which
concluded with same time period and the remaining 4 concluded within time
period April 2017 to sept 2017.

 

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

In the period in question the Council formally approved 8 connected
person/ kinship foster families for related children.

 

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?

6

 

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 –There are correctly 3 fostering families that are approved to care
for sibling groups of 2.

b) 3 or more – we do not currently have any carers that are approved for 3
or more, long term sibling groups.

 

Carers are approved as temporary term carers and only approved as long
term carers when they apply for, or are matched with, a specific
child/group of siblings. We have settled existing long term fostering
placements of siblings - there are 3 foster families with siblings placed
long term, in addition we have 8 connected person foster families who are
matched with related children, we have other foster families with siblings
placed on a temporary basis and one of these placements is likely to
become long term.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may ask
for an internal review. You should contact The FoI Reviewing Officer,
Strategic Support, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD, email
FoI[1]@westberks.gov.uk  if you wish to request a review. If you are not
content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Suzi Kenchington 

Information Access Compliance Officer

Strategic Support,

West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD

email:  [2][email address]

' 01635 519860 (external)      '  2860 (internal)      

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