Looked after children 2017

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

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Christina Savage

Dear Derbyshire 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 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Ms Savage,

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on the 02 March 2018.

We will be processing your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being 04 April 2018. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours Sincerely,

Justin Hird
Legal Assistant
For John McElvaney
Director of Legal Services
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

Telephone: 01629 539336

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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

Amy Vickers (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Ms Savage

I write further to your request for information received on 5th March 2018.
Officers dealing with your request have asked for clarification on your re-submitted request.
Are you asking for two separate requests covering two different periods? Or would you like the second request to replace the first one?
In accordance with s. 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the request cannot be processed until clarification has been received. The deadline will be calculated on receipt of clarification

Yours sincerely

Amy Vickers

Amy Vickers | Management Information Officer | SAR / FOI Team | Information and ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council | Room 361 North Block, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG | Tel: 01629 56470 / 531226 / 538853
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Christina Savage

Dear Amy

I would like the second request to replace the first one.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Savage

CS DP and FOI (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Ms Savage

Thank you for providing clarification in relation to our Freedom of Information request received on 5th March 2018.

In accordance with s. 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the deadline for your response has been recalculated as 25th April 2018, however we will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Amy Vickers

Amy Vickers | Management Information Officer | SAR / FOI Team | Information and ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council | Room 361 North Block, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG | Tel: 01629 56470 / 531226 / 538853
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CS DP and FOI (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Ms Savage

I write further to your request for information received on 5th March 2018.
Officers dealing with your request have asked for further clarification on Question 5.b.- positive viability assessment . Does that mean positive fostering assessment ? Or viability assessment undertaken by the CSW prior to placement?
In accordance with s. 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the request cannot be processed until clarification has been received. The deadline will be calculated on receipt of clarification

Yours sincerely

Amy Vickers

Amy Vickers | Management Information Officer | SAR / FOI Team | Information and ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council | Room 361 North Block, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG | Tel: 01629 56470 / 531226 / 538853
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Christina Savage

Dear Amy

I mean a positive fostering assessment.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Savage

CS DP and FOI (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Ms Savage

Thank you for providing clarification in relation to your Freedom of Information Request.

In accordance with s. 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the deadline for your response will still be 25th April 2018 , however we will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Amy Vickers

Amy Vickers | Management Information Officer | SAR / FOI Team | Information and ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council | Room 361 North Block, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG | Tel: 01629 56470 / 531226 / 538853
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CS DP and FOI (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

 

Dear Ms Savage

 

Thank you for your information request dated 5th March 2018. I can confirm
that we do  hold the requested information. The request has been
considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The response to
your request is as follows:

 

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

301

 

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)?

101

 

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?

23

 

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

a) with long term LA foster carers       231

b) in kinship care foster placements    48

 

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?  35 REG 24s.

5.b. How many of those (5.a.) applications were successful (positive
viability assessment)? 8 were approved as foster carers, and of the 35 REG
24s, 33 were in care proceedings.

 

 

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?

There were 20 children who ceased to be looked after as a result of a
special guardianship order.

 

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                  196

b) 3 or more    52

 

 

I hope this now deals with your request for information. However should
you wish the outcome to be reviewed, please follow the procedure as set
out below;

 

Stage 1:

In the first instance, please send in your comments, and wherever
possible, a copy of your request and the covering letter enclosing the
information or refusing your request to:

 

Access to Information Solicitor

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

Email: [1][Derbyshire County Council request email]

 

Please ensure that correspondence is marked as “Request for a review of my
Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations
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Information Commissioner’s Office

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Kind Regards

 

Amy Vickers

 

 

^Amy Vickers ^ | Management Information Officer | SAR / FOI Team |
Information and ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council |
County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG | Tel: 01629 56470 / 531226 /
538853

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