Dear Bristol City 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

Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

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You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 26/02/2018

Your request number is CRN00157313

We’ve looked at your request and you should receive a reply on or before 26/03/2018 11:03 This will be 20 working days since your original request.

The request

From: Christina Savage [mailto:[FOI #467435 email]]
Sent: 26 February 2018 10:45
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Looked after children 2017

Dear Bristol City 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

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Bristol City Council

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

"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 26/02/2018

Your request number is CRN00157313

Our reply to your request is:  

1. How many children became 'looked after' in your local authority in the calendar year of 2017?

 

Annual data publicly available at [1]Bristol Open Data.  2017-18 data will be published in due course.

 

 

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)?

 

93 children in 2016-17 year

 

 

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?

 

37 children in 2016-17 year

 

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

a) with long term LA foster carers 30 children (provisional unchecked figures)

b) in kinship care foster placements 92 children (provisional unchecked figures)

 

Some data is marked as ‘provisional unchecked’ this means that the data hasn’t been scrutinised in the way our annual year-end reporting to DfE and other bodies is checked before publication and therefore may be subject to change 

 

5.a. How many applications to be a kinship carer did you receive in 2017 in respect of children subject to Care Proceedings?

 

118 applications were received during care proceedings/pre proceedings

 

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

 

 

Of the 118 initial applications, 79 viability assessments were positive, 20 withdrew and 19
had a negative outcome.
 
79 progressed to a full assessment and of these 10 went on to be approved as kinship
foster carers, 25 were granted a Special Guardianship Orders and 1 a Child Arrangement Order,
15 withdrew during the assessment process.

 

6. How many children in your local authority were made the subject of Special Guardianship Order following Care Proceedings in 2017?

 

36 children in 2016-17

 

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
 
46 current foster carers are approved to be long term foster carers of sibling groups of 2
 
b) 3 or more
 
An additional 44 current foster carers are approved to be long term foster carers of sibling
groups of 3 or more.

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