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]

Freedom of Information, Northamptonshire County Council

Freedom of Information Request: FR9571

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information received by us on 24/10/2019.

Our team is dealing with your request and we will be in contact with you soon. If you have any queries about this email, please contact us quoting the reference FR9571 in any future communications.

You should expect a further response within 20 working days.

Kind regards

Tracey Gilkes
FOI / DP Admin
Northamptonshire County Council
ONE Angel Square
Angel Street
Northampton
NN1 1ED

t : 01604 368360
e: [email address]
[Northamptonshire County Council request email]

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Kind regards

 

Tracey Gilkes

FOI / DP Admin

Northamptonshire County Council

ONE Angel Square

Angel Street

Northampton

NN1 1ED

 

t : 01604 368360

e: [1][email address]

     [2][Northamptonshire County Council request email]

 

 

 

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