Looked after children 2017

Christina Savage made this Freedom of Information request to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough 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

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Savage,

               

Thank you for your request for information (FOI 45375) submitted under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 which has been given the above mentioned
reference number. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your
request.

                               

Stockport Council will respond to your request within 20 working days from
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usually waived if they amount to less than £10.

                                               

Yours sincerely,               

 

Danial Farooq

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Governance, Stopford House (Upper Ground South)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE

Tel: 0161 474 2388

 

 

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Savage,

 

Thank you for your request for information, I have forwarded this to the
relevant service area and just before we provide a final response we just
wanted to clarify the following definitions:

 

We have taken 2017 to mean the financial year 2016/17. Also for a sibling
to be included as part of the sibling group they were under the age of 18
and lived in the same main household as the looked after child.

 

Does this line up with your original request, please let us know if not
and we will do our best to assist.

 

Many thanks,

 

Danial Farooq

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Governance, Stopford House (Upper Ground South)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE

Tel: 0161 474 2388

 

 

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Dear Danial

Is it possible to provide the information for the 2017 calendar year?

And yes, for siblings they should be under the age of 18 and have lived in the same main household as the looked after child.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Savage

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 Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Savage,

 

I've received further communication from the service area, they are just
wanting to fully clarify your intentions behind Question 2, please see
their comments:

 

This is a question on the selection criteria of siblings in Q2. Does the
requester require the count of siblings that are only within the “Looked
after” group in Q1

OR 

those siblings that are “looked after” also inclusively counting those
that might not be “looked after” in the family?

 

Original questions:

 

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)?

 

Could you please provide some more insight on this so we can fulfil this
request.

 

Many thanks,

 

Danial Farooq

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Governance, Stopford House (Upper Ground South)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE

Tel: 0161 474 2388

 

 

 

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Lynn,

Thank you for your request for information (FOI 45488) submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which has been given the above mentioned reference number. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your request.

Stockport Council will respond to your request within 20 working days from the date of receipt. If there will be a charge for disbursements e.g. photocopying in order to provide the information, we will inform you as soon as possible to see if you wish to proceed; however such charges are usually waived if they amount to less than £10.

Yours sincerely,

Fahmida Firdaws
Advanced Apprentice
Information Governance, Stopford House (UG South)
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE
Tel: 0161 474 4299

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Christina Savage

Dear FOI Officer,

Re your query about the selection criteria of siblings in Q2. I'd like to know the count of siblings that are only within the “Looked after” group in Q1.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Savage

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Hi Christina,

 

Would you like me to discard your original request (45375)?

Many thanks,

 

Danial Farooq

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Governance, Stopford House (Upper Ground South)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE

Tel: 0161 474 2388

 

 

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Christina Savage

Yes please, and thank you for asking Danial.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Savage

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Savage,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI 45488).

 

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information
and our response is as follows

                                  

Point Answer Notes
1. How many children became 'looked 154 Count of children where the
after' in your local authority in looked after start date is
the financial year of 1 April 2016 between 1st Apr 16 and 31st
to 31 March 2017? March 17 and the lea is
Stockport
2. Of the children in Q1, how many 59 Count of children (age<18)
were in a group of siblings of two where the looked after start
or more (I would like the number of date is between 1st Apr 16 and
children, not the number of 31st March 17 and the LEA is
groups)? (siblings should be under Stockport. The siblings are
the age of 18 and have lived in the under 18 and have lived at same
same main household as the looked address and are LAC.
after child.)
3. How many of the children that 34 Count of children from 1) where
became 'looked after' in your local their first placement was
authority in the financial year of Foster care with family or
1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 were friends (U1, U2, U3)
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 98 Children looked after now where
the lea is Stockport, they are
in a local authority provision
(PR1 + PR2) and in long term
fostering (U1 + U4) - as at
18/03/18
b) in kinship care foster 54 Count of children looked after
placements now where their placement is
Foster care with family or
friends (U1, U2, U3) - as at
18/03/18
6. How many children in your local 25 Count of children where they
authority were made the subject of ceased being looked after, due
Special Guardianship Order to SGO,  between 1st Apr 16 and
following Care Proceedings in the 31st March 17 and the lea is
financial year of 1 April 2016 to Stockport
31 March 2017?

 

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Christina Savage

Dear FOI Officer,

The answers to some of the questions seem to be missing? Are you not able to provide that information?

Yours sincerely,

Christina Savage