Looked after children 2017

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

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Christina Savage

Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Would you kindly be able to tell me:

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

Access Information, Staffordshire County Council

Dear Christina

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

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Kind regards

Alison Clark
Business Support Officer
Information Governance Unit
Staffordshire County Council
Fourth Floor, Staffordshire Place 1
Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH
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: [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

Access Information, Staffordshire County Council



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Allen, Gemma (S,G&C), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Christina,

 

Thank you for your request for information.

 

We have completed a search of our records and can confirm the following:

 

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

This information is already published on gov.uk -
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

 

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)?

135

 

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?

63

 

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

a) with long term LA foster carers

434 – as well as Mainstream Fostering this figure also includes those who
are placed in long-term placements with Family & Friends.

 

b) In kinship care foster placements

123

 

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?

 

Viability Full Fostering Special Joint Special Guardianship Report
Assessments Assessments Guardianship & Fostering Assessment
report
187 66 24 50

 

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

Of the 187 referrals for viability assessments 56 were successful and went
on to have either a full assessment or a special guardianship report.

 

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?

75

 

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 – 92

b) 3 or more – 23

 

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not
hesitate to contact me.

 

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Access Manager, Information Governance, Information Governance Unit,
Staffordshire County Council, 3rd Floor, Staffordshire Place 2, Stafford,
ST16 2LP or [2][email address] .

 

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Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Many Thanks

Gemma

 

Gemma Allen | Access to Information
Officer
Information Governance Unit

Strategy, Governance & Change

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