Looked After Children in Unregulated Accommodation

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Dear Bracknell Forest Borough Council,

I'm interested in information about the councils looked after children aged below 16 who have been housed in unregulated accommodation. Please could you kindly answer these following questions.

1. On how many separate occasions over the past 12 months (March 2022 - March 2023) have you needed to house any of your looked after children (under the age of 16) in (short term emergency) unregulated (not regulated by OFSTED) accommodation?

2. Referring to Question 1, how many separate children or young people (under the age of 16) did that relate to?

3. How many days in total (combined) were your children and young people (under the age of 16) housed in unregulated accommodation over the past 12 months (March 2022 - March 2023)?

4. What was your total spend on support agencies over the past 12 months (March 2022 - March 2023)to cover the support costs of supporting your children and young people (aged under 16) who were housed unregulated accommodation?

Thank you so much.

Yours faithfully,

Oliver Knowles

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Oliver Knowles

Thank you for your request for information, below, which was received by the Council ( 28/04/2023) and we will answer your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 31/05/2023) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Delivery
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Oliver Knowles

 

Freedom of Information Act

Further Information is Required

 

I am writing regarding your request for information, which I received on
28^th April. In that request, you asked for information in relation to
‘Looked After children in Unregulated accommodation’.

 

 

The Council reasonably requires further information in order to identify
and locate the information you have asked for. In particular, it would be
useful to know do you require information on only emergency unregulated
placements or all unregulated placements?

 

I will not be able to take this matter further without this extra
information from you. 

 

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact us.  Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

 

Once you have clarified your request, I will be able to begin to process
your request.  The 20 day response period will not start until a
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Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team

Legal Services

Delivery

Bracknell Forest Council

Tel: 01344 352000

Email: [1][Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

Web: [2]www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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Dear Information Compliance-Officer,

‘Looked After children in Unregulated accommodation’. - Not OFSTED regulated placements.

Yours sincerely,

Oliver Knowles

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Oliver Knowles

Thank you for clarifying your request for information, below, which was received by the Council ( 24/05/2023) and we will answer your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 22/06/2023) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Delivery
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Oliver Knowles

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing a response to your
request for information.

 

I am writing to confirm that the council has completed the processing of
your request for information.

 

Please find below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s
response.

 

 

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│I'm interested in information about the councils looked after children │
│aged below 16 who have been housed in unregulated accommodation. Please │
│could you kindly answer these following questions. │
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│‘Looked After children in Unregulated accommodation’. - Not OFSTED │
│regulated placements. │
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│ 1. On how many separate occasions over the past 12 months (March 2022 -│
│ March 2023) have you needed to house any of your looked after │
│ children (under the age of 16) in (short term emergency) unregulated│
│ (not regulated by OFSTED) accommodation? │
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│3 occasions │
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│ 2. Referring to Question 1, how many separate children or young people │
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│ people (under the age of 16) housed in unregulated accommodation │
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│82 days in total │
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│4. What was your total spend on support agencies over the past 12 months│
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│children and young people (aged under 16) who were housed unregulated │
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If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
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ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commission can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Compliance
Team                                                                                                                

Legal Services

Delivery

Bracknell Forest Council

Tel: 01344 352000

Email: [email address]

Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

 

 

 

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