Looked After Children and International Kinship Placements

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Children and Families Across Borders

Dear [local authority],

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 note that by ‘where family members outside the United Kingdom were explored’ in the first question, we mean where a family member outside the United Kingdom of a Looked After Child under your local authority care was identified, considered as a possible carer for the child, and steps to assess the family member as a suitable carer for the child were considered. Please include both:
o children where an assessment of a family member outside the UK was considered but not actually carried out; and
o children where an assessment of a family member outside the UK was carried out.

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,

Carolyn Housman

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

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received today, 24th October, 2019. We are generally required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide you with a response promptly, and within no more than 20 working days of receipt of a request, which will be on or before 21st November, 2019. If we require any clarification or further details we will contact you as soon as possible, if this is the case then the timescale for response specified above may be subject to change. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact this team.

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Yvonne Jenkins, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Good afternoon,

 

With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act, I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence which I
received 24^th October 2019.  Your enquiry is being dealt with by Children
and Young People’s Services who will respond as soon as possible. 

 

Kind regards,

Yvonne

 

 

Yvonne Jenkins

Directorate Support Coordinator

Directorate Support Team

Tel: 01639 763035

 
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot Tel/ Ffôn: 01639 763035
 

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Yvonne Jenkins, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Good morning,

 

Further to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act,
please see our response below :-

 

NPTCBC have not had any out of UK requests for assessments or any
placements outside of the UK between the dates below.

 

•           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.

 

Ans:  0

 

•           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.

 

Ans:  0

 

•           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.

 

Ans:  N/A

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the
Authority’s FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons
why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority’s Monitoring
Officer at the following address:-

 

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer

Civic Centre

Port Talbot

SA13 1PJ

 

Please be advised that in the event that you decide to appeal to the
Monitoring Officer and are dissatisfied with his response, you are
entitled under the FOI legislation to appeal directly to the Information
Commissioner, whose address is:-

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

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Kind regards,

 

 

Yvonne Jenkins

Directorate Support Coordinator

Directorate Support Team

Tel: 01639 763035

 
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot Tel/ Ffôn: 01639 763035
 

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wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

 

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correspondence to the same standards and timescales.

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