Looked After Children
Dear Ashford Borough Council,
I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in relation to Looked After Children:
• The total number of Looked After Children under your local authority care, where family members outside the United Kingdom were explored between January 2015 and December 2017 inclusive.
• The number of Looked After Children under your local authority care that were subsequently placed outside the United Kingdom between January 2015 and December 2017 inclusive.
• The number and type of placement orders used for placing Looked After Children from your local authority care with family members abroad between January 2015 and December 2017 inclusive.
Please provide the information electronically.
Research conducted by Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) in 2018 discovered considerable discrepancies in post-placement practices of UK local authorities for children in international kinship placements. Access to this information will support CFAB’s further research into the outcomes of international kinship placements and CFAB’s campaign for clear guidance on the appropriate steps to take when placing children with families abroad.
I understand that under the Act, you are required to respond to my request within 20 working days of receiving this letter. If this is request is unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me and I will be happy to provide further clarification.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.
Research and Impact
Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)
Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB
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Dear Andre Johnsen Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information
request. Unfortunately we are unable to respond because: Children's
services falls outside of our jurisdiction as a borough council. Please
contact Kent County Council who will be able to answer your request. Their
details are: Information Resilience and Transparency Team Kent County
Council Room 2.71, Sessions House County Hall Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ
[email address] 08458 247 247 (for enquiries only -
formal requests for information must be made in writing, either by email,
fax or letter) Kind Regards Ashford Borough Council
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