Dear Leeds 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

DPFOI, Leeds City Council

Dear G Swanson,

Freedom of information request Ref 20646 : Outcomes for looked after children

Thank you for your request for the above information which we received 9, March 2018. We will respond to your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We have passed your request onto Nicola Palmer, Information Access Manager, Childrens & Families, [email address] who will arrange a response within the appropriate statutory time limit.

Please remember to quote reference number FOI 20646 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Malika Doust
Information Governance Support Officer
Information Governance and Managements Team (City and Communities)
Digital Information Service

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IMG.AC.FOI, Leeds City Council

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Dear G Swanson

 

Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 20646)

 

I refer to the above and your request dated 9, March 2018. I have
contacted the relevant services and now provide a response to the
following request Outcomes for looked after children.

 

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?

The answer to question 1 is based upon the two definitions:-

a)      ‘Compulsory school age’ in England and Wales:

·         A child begins to be of compulsory school age on the start date
of the term following his fifth birthday, or that day if his fifth
birthday falls on the day term starts.

·         A child ceases to be of compulsory school age on the last Friday
in June in the academic year in which he reaches the age of 16 or if he
reaches 16 after the last Friday in June but before the start of the new
school year.

(Section 8, Education Act 1996.)

b)     ‘School leaving age’ in England

A young person can leave school on the last Friday in June if they will be
16 by the end of the summer holidays.

They must then do one of the following until they are 18:

o stay in full-time education, for example at a college
o start an [1]apprenticeship or [2]traineeship
o spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in
part-time education or training

Of the 1271 children and young people looked after (CLA) at the 31^st
March 2018, 836 were of compulsory school age based on the definition
given above at the 31^st March 2018.

How many were school educated by their parents before going into care?

I am unable to provide a response to your request as we estimate that it
would take us over 18 hours to retrieve and locate the information you
have requested. Therefore your request falls above the “appropriate
limit”. This limit is set by fees regulations at £450 (equally 18 hours)
for public authorities such as ours and is calculated using a rate of £25
per hour which is also prescribed under the same regulations. As a result
under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act we are not obliged
to provide the information which you have requested. We are however, still
obliged under Section 1(a) of the Act to inform you whether or not the
information in question exists. In regards to the number of children and
young people looked after (CLA) of compulsory school age who were home
school educated by their parents before going into care.  This type of
information may be captured at the time a child/young person comes into
care but that information will be in the content of their individual case
notes, and would have to be extracted individually. We estimate that the
retrieval of this data would take longer than 18 hours and therefore we
are unable to supply this information.

How many were electively home educated by their parents before going into
care?

Of the 836 children and young people looked after (CLA) at the 31^st March
2018, <6 had been subject to an Election Home Education (EHE) referral to
the local authority.  Of this <6 had been subject to an EHE referral in
the 12 months prior to their start of care.

Please note the following in respect of cohort(s) of 6 or less. 

It has been determined that the cohort(s) are sufficiently low that we
consider that to disclose these numbers could, either alone, or when
linked with other publicly available information, including other
information provided in this response, identify the individuals and
families concerned. We consider that such a disclosure would breach the
first Data Protection principle of the Data Protection Act 1998, which
states that personal data should be processed fairly and lawfully. We have
considered whether it would be fair to provide information that could
identify individuals. We consider that the reasonable expectations of
these individuals and their families would be that their
personal/sensitive information would remain private and would not be
released into the public domain.  

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

We have provided a breakdown of the child in need codes.  These highlight
the main reason we are working with that child.

 

CiN codes Total
Absent
parenting 56
Abuse or
Neglect 1038
Assisted
Adoption <6
Cases other
than Child
in Need <6
Disability 27
Family
dysfunction 66
Family in
acute stress 36
Other LA
Child <6
Parental
Illness /
Disability 22
Socially
unacceptable
behaviour 19
Special
Guardianship
Order <6
Grand Total 1271

 

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.

Please see the answer to question 2

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

Compulsory school age Leeds CLA as at 31/03/2018 and Type of Establishment
attended:

 

Stat school
age Y
   
Count of
Row Labels TypeOfEstablishment
Academy
alternative
provision
converter <6
Academy
Converter 173
Academy
Special
Sponsor Led 19
Academy
Sponsor Led 111
Children's
Home <6
Community
School 230
Community
Special School 39
Foundation
School 114
Foundation
Special School <6
Free Schools 7
Free schools
alternative
provision <6
Free Schools
Special <6
Further
Education 15
Non-Maintained
Special School <6
Other
independent
school 7
Other
Independent
Special School 25
Pupil Referral
Unit <6
SCOTLAND 6
Secure units <6
University
Technical
College <6
Voluntary
Aided School 55
Voluntary
controlled
school 28
Not recorded -
not yet on
roll 18
Grand Total 864

 

Source is our ‘Virtual School Roll’, recording known attendance.  

Please note the following in respect of cohort(s) of 6 or less. 

It has been determined that the cohort(s) are sufficiently low that we
consider that to disclose these numbers could, either alone, or when
linked with other publicly available information, including other
information provided in this response, identify the individuals and
families concerned. We consider that such a disclosure would breach the
first Data Protection principle of the Data Protection Act 1998, which
states that personal data should be processed fairly and lawfully. We have
considered whether it would be fair to provide information that could
identify individuals. We consider that the reasonable expectations of
these individuals and their families would be that their
personal/sensitive information would remain private and would not be
released into the public domain.  

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

i) Gone missing

i) This has been restricted to missing within a 12 month period 17/18. 
150 of the 762 children in the care of the authority between the ages of
10-18 have been reported with an instance of missing within 17/18.

ii) Had police involvement

I am unable to provide a response to your request as we estimate that it
would take us over 18 hours to retrieve and locate the information you
have requested. Therefore your request falls above the “appropriate
limit”. This limit is set by fees regulations at £450 (equally 18 hours)
for public authorities such as ours and is calculated using a rate of £25
per hour which is also prescribed under the same regulations. As a result
under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act we are not obliged
to provide the information which you have requested. We are however, still
obliged under Section 1(a) of the Act to inform you whether or not the
information in question exists. The information you require is not held in
a reportable format so each record would have to be individually
interrogated We estimate that the retrieval of this data would take longer
than 18 hours and therefore we are unable to supply this information.

iii) Been groomed by adults after going into LAC.

iii) 34 children currently in the care of the authority have had CSE risk
assessments since they became looked after which had a medium or high risk
in relation to abusive adults / risky environments.  This does not
necessarily mean they have been groomed by adults but it is the closest
proxy without checking through case files which will take over 18 hours.

iv) Had a relationship that resulted in pregnancy.

I am unable to provide a response to your request as we estimate that it
would take us over 18 hours to retrieve and locate the information you
have requested. Therefore your request falls above the “appropriate
limit”. This limit is set by fees regulations at £450 (equally 18 hours)
for public authorities such as ours and is calculated using a rate of £25
per hour which is also prescribed under the same regulations. As a result
under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act we are not obliged
to provide the information which you have requested. We are however, still
obliged under Section 1(a) of the Act to inform you whether or not the
information in question exists. The information you require is not held in
a reportable format so each record would have to be individually
interrogated We estimate that the retrieval of this data would take longer
than 18 hours and therefore we are unable to supply this information.

v) Had a relationship that resulted in parenthood.

v) 15 children who are currently in the care of the authority between the
ages of 10-18 have children of their own recorded

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?

I am unable to provide a response to your request as we estimate that it
would take us over 18 hours to retrieve and locate the information you
have requested. Therefore your request falls above the “appropriate
limit”. This limit is set by fees regulations at £450 (equally 18 hours)
for public authorities such as ours and is calculated using a rate of £25
per hour which is also prescribed under the same regulations. As a result
under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act we are not obliged
to provide the information which you have requested. We are however, still
obliged under Section 1(a) of the Act to inform you whether or not the
information in question exists. The information you require is not held in
a reportable format so each record would have to be individually
interrogated We estimate that the retrieval of this data would take longer
than 18 hours and therefore we are unable to supply this information.

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

Under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are not
required to provide information in response to a request for information
if it is already reasonably accessible to you, the information you have
requested is available through following links:

 

Children in Need Outcomes in Leeds for 2017

 

[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

 

Aggregated data for 2017 for Children in Need pupils is publically
available on the Department for Education website (data outcomes for KS2,
KS4, absence and exclusions) for Leeds, national and comparators.  The
statistical first release is SFR61/2017 and can be found in the ‘outcomes
table’.

 

Looked after Children Outcomes in Leeds for 2016

 

[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

 

Aggregated data for 2016 for Looked after Children pupils is publically
available on the Department for Education website (data outcomes for KS1,
KS2, KS4, absence and exclusions) for Leeds, national and comparators. 
The statistical first release is SFR41/2016 and can be found in the ‘local
authority tables’.  Data for 2017 is not yet available.

 

I trust that this response is satisfactory. If however you are
dissatisfied with this response you have a right to appeal to an
independent officer within Resources and Housing. They will re-examine
your request and assess whether we have adhered to the requirements of the
act. Should you wish to follow this course of action please address your
concerns in writing to Moin Patel, Information, Knowledge & Procedures
Lead, Resources & Housing via email to [5][email address].

 

You also have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act
to ask the Information Commissioner to decide whether we have met with our
obligations under the act.  The Commissioner has however made it clear
that he expects all applicants to exhaust internal appeals procedures
prior to making such an application. Should you wish to contact the
Commissioner’s office then you can write to the following address:

 

            Office of the Information Commissioner,

            Wycliffe House,

            Water Lane,

            Wilmslow,

            Cheshire,

            SK9 5AF.

 

You may also contact the Commissioner via his website at [6]www.ico.gov.uk

 

I trust that this is self-explanatory.  If you have any queries please
contact me on 0113 3784251, or by return email.

 

Sam Slatcher

Information Access Officer

Information Management & Governance

Digital & Information Service

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 37 84251

 

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