Looked after children 2017

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

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Christina Savage

Dear Hertfordshire 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

Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

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Dear Christina Savage,

 

Reference number: FOI/CSF/03/18/15090

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the 1^st March 2018 requesting the
following information:

 

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?

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

 

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  We will respond to your request as quickly as
possible, and by close of 28^th March 2018 at the latest.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number above.

 

 

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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

Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

Dear Ms Savage,

Thank you for your email. I have amended your request as per your email. We will respond as previously advised.

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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

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Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

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Dear Christina Savage,

 

Reference number: FOI/CSF/03/18/15090

 

On 1^st March 2018 we received the following request for information from
you:

 

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?

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

 

 

Your request for information has been considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  In order for Hertfordshire County Council to
ascertain if it holds the information you have requested we would need to
undertake the steps described below:

 

In answer to questions 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7, we do not hold this information
in a way that is easily extractable from our systems. And in order to
ascertain if we hold any relevant information, would require a manual
check of over 941 records. We estimate that it would take one officer a
minimum of 5mins per record locate, identify and extract any information
held, therefore taking over 78hrs to provide this information.

 

We estimate that the cost of carrying out this work would exceed the
appropriate limit of £450, which has been specified under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and associated regulations. This represents the
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whether Hertfordshire County Council holds the information, and locating,
retrieving and extracting the information. Under Section 12 of the Freedom
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