Looked After Children

Edward fowler made this Freedom of Information request to Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Can you please provide a statistical breakdown since 1 March 2018 of the reasons why children in your local authority have been removed from their parents and become looked after children under local authority care?

How many children with disabilities who were receiving previous support from social work have been removed from their parents and become looked after children since 1 March 2018?

How many co-ordinated support plans have Aberdeen City Council requested for disabled children who are looked after in the last 5 years?

How many complains have Aberdeen City Council received regarding the care of looked after children in the last two years?

How many children since March 2018 have been placed in care homes outwith the local authority area?

Has the authority a disability social work team who support families and children children with a disability?

Would the family or children with Autism, ADHD or Learning Disability meet the critera for support from a disability social work team?

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Fife, Inverness and Ayr all have autism One Stop Shops in partnership with The National Autistic Society, Scottish Autism and Autism Initiatives who offer help and support, what does Aberdeen City Council offer parents of children and young people and older people with autism who are in need of urgent support and advice?

Yours faithfully,

Edward fowler

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Fowler,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-19-0764.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 03
June 2019.

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 01 July 2019.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
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Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
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Marischal College | Business Hub 17 | 3^rd Floor | Broad
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Dear Mr Fowler,

 

Thank you for your request for information, made under Section 1(1) of the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA), and received on 3 June
2019.

 

We would like to ask you to clarify your request so that we can identify
and locate the information which you have requested. Under Section 1(3) of
the FOISA, we do not have to supply you with the requested information
until you have provided us with more detail in this respect.

 

How many co-ordinated support plans have Aberdeen City Council requested
for disabled children who are looked after in the last 5 years?

 

We would be extremely grateful if you could clarify the term ‘disabled’.
Is the request about those registered as disabled / have physical
impairment / cognitive limitations or impairment. 

 

Clarifying these points will help us to be sure we are providing, where
possible, the information you are interested in.  Please note we will keep
your request on file for 20 working days whilst we await your
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feel may be helpful please do call us, and we will be happy to assist you.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
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Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 17,  3^rd Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

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Dear Foi Enquiries,
FOI-19-0764.

The disability.
Is a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

Yours sincerely,

Edward fowler

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Fowler,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-19-0764.

 

Many thanks for your recent clarification of your information request,
which we received on 03 July 2019. 

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 31 July 2019.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 17 | 3^rd Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
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Dear Mr Fowler,

 

Please accept our sincerest apologies that ACC has failed to respond to
your information request within the statutory 20 working days. 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

[3]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
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Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 17,  3^rd Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

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Dear Mr Fowler,

 

Thank you for your clarified information request of 3 July 2019 and please
accept our apologies for delay in providing the response to you.  Aberdeen
City Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

 1. Can you please provide a statistical breakdown since 1 March 2018 of
the reasons why children in your local authority have been removed
from their parents and become looked after children under local
authority care?

The information provided has been extracted from our Social Work
Information Management System.

Of the children who started to be looked after from 01-03-2018, 112
children have placements away from home recorded as their initial
placement.

A small number of children have more than one admission recorded, hence
the total number of admissions being considered is 117. The information
provided relates to the “reason looked after”, which is recorded against
the admission status.

 

This data does not include children who receive planned regular respite.

 

Reason Looked After Number
Child at risk of significant harm 25
Child presenting emotional/behavioural less than 5
problems
Child Truanting / Failed to attend School less than 5
Child with or affected by Disability Less than 5
Misuse of Drugs - Parent or Carer 16
No one has Parental responsibility Less than 5
Other Looked after reason Less than 5
Parent/Guardian in Prison or Custody Less than 5
Pregnancy or Childbirth of Mother Less than 5
To safeguard, promote welfare 61
Total 117

 

Please note that we have not been disclosed figures greater than 0 but
less than 5 because they could be misleading or lead to identification of
individuals.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information where the figures are less
than 5 as it is exempt from disclosure.  In order to comply with its
obligations under the terms of Section 16 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives
notice that we are refusing your request under the terms of Section
38(1)(b) in conjunction with Section 38(2)(A)(a) – Personal Information  -
of the FOISA.

 

In making this decision ACC considered the following points:

 

ACC is of the opinion that Section 38(1)(b) applies to the information
specified above as the information in question is personal information
relating to living individuals, of which the applicant is not the data
subject.

 

ACC is of the opinion that Section 38(2A)(a) applies, as we consider that
disclosure of this information would be a breach of the ‘lawfulness,
fairness and transparency’ principle. As releasing these details would
enable other people to identify these individuals. These individuals have
not consented to the disclosure of their information, and ACC does not
consider that they would expect ACC to release this information about them
into the public domain under the FOISA.

 

 2. How many children with disabilities who were receiving previous
support from social work have been removed from their parents and
become looked after children since 1 March 2018?

Of the children identified in Q1 above 17 were identified as having some
form of disability classification and were receiving previous support from
social work.

 

 3. How many co-ordinated support plans have Aberdeen City Council
requested for disabled children who are looked after in the last 5
years?

Clarified as: The disability is a physical or mental impairment which has
a substantial and long term adverse effect on a person's ability to carry
out normal day to day activities.

Within the last 5 years, 15 Looked After Children have had a CSP

 

 4. How many complains have Aberdeen City Council received regarding the
care of looked after children in the last two years?

Over the last 2 financial years, we have received 275 complaints about
Children Services, broken down as follows: -

2017/2018 – 149 complaints received

2018/2019 – 126 complaints received

Each recorded complaint would need to be interrogated to determine whether
this was in relation to a Looked After Child.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on number of complaints
received regarding looked after children in the last two years as the cost
of providing it has been calculated as being in excess of the statutory
maximum (£600).  To explain this, we would need to look through each
complaint record and extract this information. We estimate that it would
take around 15 minutes per record x 275 complaint files = 68 hours at £15
per hour = £1020.

 

In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 16 of
the FOISA, ACC hereby give notice that we are refusing your request under
the terms of Section 12 - Excessive Cost of Compliance - of the FOISA.

 

ACC would be happy to discuss ways in which you may refine your request,
so we can provide some information of interest to you within the maximum
cost limits. For example, by [reducing the time period you are interested
in etc]. Please do contact the Access to Information team, who will be
happy to advise you, if this is something you would like to pursue.

 

 5. How many children since March 2018 have been placed in care homes out
with the local authority area?

Of the children identified in Q1 above who’s placement at the time of
admission was a residential establishment, 5 of these children have
placement addresses out with the local authority area.

 

 6. Has the authority a disability social work team who support families
and children with a disability?

Yes ACC has a specialist team for Children with Disabilities this Team is
based at Orchardbrae School

 

 7. Would the family or children with Autism, ADHD or Learning Disability
meet the criteria for support from a disability social work team?

Depending on the severity of Autism the child or Young person has an
assessment of need would be undertaken.  If the level of Autism is less
complex they may not meet the criteria for the specialist C.D.W. team then
support will still be provided if required by the Children in need team
covering the area the child and family lives.

 

 8. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Fife, Inverness and Ayr all have autism One
Stop Shops in partnership with The National Autistic Society, Scottish
Autism and Autism Initiatives who offer help and support, what does
Aberdeen City Council offer parents of children and young people and
older people with autism who are in need of urgent support and advice?

A range of supports are provided for autistic children and adults in
Aberdeen from varied organisations, primarily within the Third Sector,
however none of the National Autism providers mentioned (NAS, Scottish
Autism and Autism Initiatives) provide support or services in Aberdeen
City.  A local collective of organisations have established a one stop
shop model which provides advice and signposting for autistic people and
their families.  Support is also provided from Integrated Children and
Family Services and the Health and Social Care Partnership where autistic
people or their carers meet eligibility criteria for paid support, as well
as the general provision of information, advice and signposting.

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 17,  3^rd Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
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