Looked After Children and International Kinship Placements

Children and Families Across Borders made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as part of a batch sent to 66 authorities

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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]

AfC Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests,

Dear Ms Housman,
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Team at Achieving for
Children, provider of Children's Services for the London Borough of
Richmond, the Royal Borough of Kingston and the Royal Borough of Windsor
and Maidenhead. 
Your request was received on 23 October 2019 via the Royal Borough of
Windsor and Maidenhead. Please confirm if you wish to receive responses
solely in relation to Windsor & Maidenhead or whether you also wish for
responses in relation to Kingston and Richmond. 
 We will endeavour to respond to your query within 20 working days of
receipt in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely,

Chantelle Elliott
Information Governance Support 
Business Services and Transformation
  
Email: [1][email address]
Achieving for Children
42 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BW
[2]http://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/

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Children and Families Across Borders

Dear Chantelle Elliott,

Thank you for getting back to us so quickly. We have also sent this FOI request to Kingston and Richmond which I assume will also be passed onto you in due course. Please accept my apologies for not having direct the FOI request to you initially.

I can confirm we are happy for you to respond to this FOI request with regards to all three local authorities, although please could you provide us with a response with separate answers for each local authority (Kingston, Richmond, and Windsor and Maidenhead) rather than combining the numbers of all three into one response?

Please let us know if you have any further questions and we will be happy to assist.

Yours sincerely,
Zoe Carmichael
Business Analyst
Children and Families Across Borders

AfC Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests,

Dear Ms Housman,
Your Freedom of Information request has been considered. 
Your Request

I 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:

* children where an assessment of a family member outside the UK was
considered but not actually carried out; and 
* children where an assessment of a family member outside the UK was
carried out.

Response
We don't the numbers of looked after children under our care where family
members outside the United Kingdom were explored.
We had zero '0' looked after children under our care that were
subsequently placed outside the United Kingdom between January 2015 and
December 2017 inclusive.
Yours sincerely,
Chantelle Elliott
Information Governance Support 
Business Services and Transformation
  
Email: [1][email address]
Achieving for Children
42 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BW
[2]http://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/

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