Looked After Children

Children and Families Across Borders made this Freedom of Information request to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 423 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Children and Families Across Borders

Dear Barnsley Metropolitan 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.

Yours faithfully,

Andre Johnsen
Research and Impact
[email address]
Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)
Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

Information Requests, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Ref: FOIA/4481

Dear Andre

Re: Request for Information – Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information about children placed outside the UK.

Your email request was received on 16 October 2019 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request will be processed as soon as possible, and we will try to provide the information within 20 working days as required. The deadline date when the information should be available to you is 13 November 2019.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Grierson

Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer
Customer Feedback, Information and Improvement Team
Core Services Directorate

Mail: Barnsley MBC, Feedback and Improvement Team, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG
Tel: 01226 770770

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Information Requests, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon,

Please find attached the response to your recent FOI request.

Regards,

Tom Grierson

Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer
Customer Feedback, Information and Improvement Team
Core Services Directorate

Mail: Barnsley MBC, Feedback and Improvement Team, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG
Tel: 01226 770770

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