Number of Looked After Children placed with family members outside of the United Kingdom for each calendar year between 2018-2020

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Dear Richmond upon Thames Borough Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in relation to Looked After Children:

1. The total number of Looked After Children under your local authority care, where family members outside the United Kingdom were explored* for each calendar year between January 2018 and December 2020 inclusive.
2. The number of Looked After Children under your local authority care that were placed outside the United Kingdom for each calendar year between January 2018 and December 2020 inclusive.
3. The number and type of placement orders used for placing Looked After Children from your local authority care with family members outside the United Kingdom for each calendar year between January 2018 and December 2020 inclusive.

For the purposes of this request Looked After Children is defined as being subject to
• Section 31 The Children Act 1989;
• Section 38 Children act 1989;
• Section 20 Children Act 1989.

*Please note that by ‘where family members outside the United Kingdom were explored’, we mean where a family member of a Looked After Child under your local authority care outside the United Kingdom 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.

Please provide the information electronically. For ease and clarity, please see the format provided below:

Question. 2018. 2019. 2020. Total.
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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 (click here for more information). We offer free advice to over 90% of the UK’s children services departments. If this is of use to your local authority, please visit our website (www.cfab.org.uk) or call our Advice Line on 0207 735 8941.

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,
Molly Turrell
Impact and Evaluation Officer

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Request for Information - LBR2021/0820 - Looked After Children

 

I refer to your request for information received on 06/08/2021.  Please
see the information below in response to your request: -

The information you have requested is not held by London Borough of
Richmond upon Thames. You may wish to submit your request to Achieving for
Children (AfC) who provide Children’s Services on behalf of the Council.

 

AfC can be contacted directly with FOI requests via the following link:
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Kind regards

FOI and DPA Officer

 

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