Dear Wakefield City Council,

Can you please provide the following information. In all instances where numbers are asked for please provide them both as a whole number and as a percentage.

1. How many children of compulsory school age do you currently have under local authority care?

Of these;
i) How many were school educated by their parents before going into care?
ii) How many were electively home educated by their parents before going into care?

2. Can you please provide a statistical breakdown of the reasons why children in your local authority have been put under local authority care?

3. Please provide the number of children under local authority care classed as children missing education for the years (Jan 01 - Dec 31 in all instances) 2015, 2016, 2017.

4. Please provide a breakdown of how the children under local authority care are currently receiving their educational provision. Please include CME statistics.

5. Please provide the number of children aged 10 - 18 under local authority who have;

i) Gone missing
ii) Had police involvement
iii) Been groomed by adults after going into LAC.
iv) Had a relationship that resulted in pregnancy.
v) Had a relationship that resulted in parenthood.

6. Of the children currently under LAC please provide the number of children who have been identified as needing supportive therapy; This could be SEN, mentally, emotionally, physically etc.

Of these children;

i) How many have successfully received the therapy recommended?
ii) How many are in receipt of the therapy recommended?
iii) How many are waiting to receive the therapy recommended?

Finally, can you please provide statistics/documentation and evidence for the educational outcomes for all children under local authority care?

Yours faithfully,

G Swanson

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear G.Swanson,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which we received on 09/03/2018. It is our intention to have the response delivered to you by 10/04/2018.

I would like to inform you that all requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 might be subject to exemption(s), which the Authority is entitled to apply to refuse the request.

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should be marked Private & Confidential and sent to the Senior Information Governance Officer, Information Management Team, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [Wakefield City Council request email].

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Officer
Corporate Information Governance Team,
City Solicitor’s Office.
Wakefield MDC, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW
Email: [Wakefield City Council request email]
Tel: 01924 306112

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear G. Swanson,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information
 
I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
 
Please find the response to your request below.
 
1. How many children of compulsory school age do you currently have under
local authority care?
 
There are 357 pupils as at 26.03.2018 that are compulsory school age (Age
5 -16)
 
Of these;
i) How many were school educated by their parents before going into care?
ii) How many were electively home educated by their parents before going
into care?
 
Of these pupils 3 pupils were home educated before going under Local
Authority Care.
 
2. Can you please provide a statistical breakdown of the reasons why
children in your local authority have been put under local authority care?
 
Referral status has been used to provide a breakdown of reasons why
children are in care
 

Accommodation 1
Advice/Information 18
Asylum Seeker/Refugee 1
bruising non ambulant baby; LSCB Protocol 5
Child Disability 5
Child in Need 199
Child Protection 188
Children/Child Looked After 31
Court Order 1
Domestic Incident 35
Early Help 34
Early Help Support 1
Educational Welfare 2
Financial Assistance 2
Homelessness 1
Mental Health Assessment 1
Short Break Service 1
Sibling of Child at Risk 2
Transfer In 3
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Children 22
Other 3
Pregnancy 1
Request for Assessment 3
Special Guardianship Order 1

 
3. Please provide the number of children under local authority care
classed as children missing education for the years (Jan 01 - Dec 31 in
all instances) 2015, 2016, 2017.
2015 – 0, 2016 – 0, 2017 – 0
 
4. Please provide a breakdown of how the children under local authority
care are currently receiving their educational provision. Please include
CME statistics.
 
As at 26/03/2018 241 looked after children and young people aged 5-16
years attended a school in Wakefield with a breakdown as follows:
 
Nursery – 2
Primary - 133
Secondary – 79
Special – 22
Pupil Referral Unit / Alternative Provision – 5
 
A total of 357 looked after children and young people were aged 5-16 at
26/03/2018.  A sample of the looked after children and young people not
attending a school in Wakefield has confirmed that they were living out of
the Wakefield area or had finished school in September 2017.
 
5. Please provide the number of children aged 10 - 18 under local
authority who have;
 
In the last 12 months, 55 10 – 18 year old under local authority care have
gone missing
 

i. Had police involvement

 
This information may be held in individual records and it is not possible
to report on this.
 

ii. Been groomed by adults after going into LAC.

 
This information may be held in individual records and it is not possible
to report on this.
 

iii. Had a relationship that resulted in pregnancy.

 
This information may be held in individual records and it is not possible
to report on this.
 
Unfortunately we are unable to provide the information requested in
respect of question 5i) ii) and iii). To provide this information would
require an officer to complete a manual search of records and it is
estimated that it would take an officer in excess of 18 hours to locate,
retrieve and extract this information. Therefore in accordance with
Section 12(1) the Authority has the right to refuse to release information
where it is reasonably estimated that the cost of complying with a request
would exceed £450 (calculated on the basis of 18 hours @ £25 per hour). On
this occasion we have estimated that the cost of locating, retrieving and
extracting would exceed £450. Therefore on this basis, we are unable to
answer this part of your request within the reasonable time limit. The
Authority has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request.
However, if you would like to narrow your request we may be able to
assist.
 

iv. Had a relationship that resulted in parenthood.

 
No current looked after young people have their own child.
 
6. Of the children currently under LAC please provide the number of
children who have been identified as needing supportive therapy; This
could be SEN, mentally, emotionally, physically etc.
 
Of these children;
 
i) How many have successfully received the therapy recommended?
ii) How many are in receipt of the therapy recommended?
iii) How many are waiting to receive the therapy recommended?
 
The Council does not hold this information.
This information is publically available from the DfE -
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...
 
If you are unhappy with the way the authority has handled your request,
you may ask for an internal review.  Please contact the Senior Information
Governance Officer by post: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council,
Corporate Information Governance Team, County Hall, Wakefield. WF1 2QW or
alternatively email: [2][email address] who will
arrange an internal review of your case. 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
 
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Senior Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
City Solicitor’s Office
Wakefield MDC
Tel: 01924 306112
Email: [Wakefield City Council request email]
 

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