looked after children statistics

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Patrick O'Neill

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you tell me how many Looked After Children there were under the care of Birmingham City Council at 31st March 2009?
Of these, how many were in independent/private sector residential placements and how many were in inhouse residential accommodation. Additionally, how many were in Local Authority fostering placements and how many were in independent fostering agency placements?

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Patrick O'Neill

Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham City Council

Dear Patrick

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

Please could you tell me how many Looked After Children there were under
the care of Birmingham City Council at 31st March 2009? Of these, how many
were in independent/private sector residential placements and how many
were in inhouse residential accommodation.

Additionally, how many were in Local Authority fostering placements and
how many were in independent fostering agency placements?

Please find herewith the following:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Total number of children in care as | 2120 |
| at 31-03-09 | |
|-------------------------------------+----------------------------------|
| No. of children placed in | 100 (83 mainstream and 17 |
| independent/private sector | disabled) |
| residential placements | |
|-------------------------------------+----------------------------------|
| No. of children placed in inhouse | 164 (152 + 12 disabled respite) |
| residential accommodation | |
|-------------------------------------+----------------------------------|
| No. of children placed in local | 643 |
| authority fostering placements | |
|-------------------------------------+----------------------------------|
| No. of children placed in | 547 |
| independent fostering agency | |
| placements | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

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Yours sincerely,
Steve Cullen
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Manager
Children, Young People and Families Directorate
Birmingham City Council

Tel: 0121 464 4591
Email: [email address]

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Philip J Measures left an annotation ()

Please see further information:

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/...

Philip J Measures left an annotation ()

See the ADCS defence - illegal not to allocate but still defensible - I think not.

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/...

Philip J Measures left an annotation ()

See Community Care Magazine 'Carespace' contributions also.

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/carespace...

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