Payments for Informal Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements

Samantha Kerr (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Aberdeen City Council

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Samantha Kerr (Account suspended)

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Under FOISA please provide me with the information contained in your records as follows:
1. The Total amount of the tax payers money spent on Informal Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements since 1st April 2014 until present date?

Please break this figure down year on year month on month and week on week.
Please also include the number of types of agreement into your criteria, i.e. Informal Residence order: Informal Guardianship Order: Informal Kinship Carer Agreement?

2. The Total number of children that social work have arranged an Informal Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements since 1st April 2014 until present date?

Please break this figure down year on year month on month and week on week.
Please also include the number of types of agreement into your criteria, i.e. Informal Residence order: Informal Guardianship Order: Informal Kinship Carer Agreement?

3.Please provide me with your full policy and procedure used to ensure that all informal agreements are done so within the confines of the law.

I shall expect your full and frank response within 20 working days or I will be requesting an internal review with a view to getting this request to the Scottish Information Commissioner as quickly as I possibly can.

Yours faithfully,

Samantha Kerr

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Ms Kerr,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-19-1188.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 30
August 2019.

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 27 September 2019.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 |1^st Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

Dial: 01224 522166

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Dear Ms Kerr, 

 

Thank you for your information request of 30 August 2019.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

Under FOISA please provide me with the information contained in your
records as follows:

1. The Total amount of the tax payers money spent on Informal
Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements since 1st April 2014
until present date?

Please break this figure down year on year month on month and week on
week.

Please also include the number of types of agreement into your criteria,
i.e. Informal Residence order: Informal Guardianship Order: Informal
Kinship Carer Agreement?

Please note that in relation to informal residence, informal placements
would imply places without social work involvement and would not be
usually recorded or picked up by ACC.

 

In the meantime, the Special Guardian is within English law, therefore, it
is not applicable in Scotland.

 

In relation to informal Kinship care agreements,  we are unable to give an
accurate picture on informal kinship placements as historically these have
not been recorded within our database, they are out with social work
involvement.

 

We are unable to provide you with information on the total amount of the
tax payers money spent on Informal Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care
Agreements since 1st April 2014 until present date and number of types of
agreement into your criteria, i.e. Informal Residence order: Informal
Guardianship Order: Informal Kinship Carer Agreement and  as it is not
held by ACC.  In order to comply with our obligations under the terms of
Section 17 of the FOISA, we hereby gives notice that this information is
not held by us. 

 

2. The Total number of children that social work have arranged an Informal
Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements since 1st April 2014
until present date?

Please break this figure down year on year month on month and week on
week.

Please also include the number of types of agreement into your criteria,
i.e. Informal Residence order: Informal Guardianship Order: Informal
Kinship Carer Agreement?

Please note that in relation to informal residence, informal placements
would imply places without social work involvement and would not be
usually  recorded or picked up by ACC.

 

In the meantime, the Special Guardian is within English law, therefore, it
is not applicable in Scotland.

 

In relation to informal Kinship care agreements,  we are unable to give an
accurate picture on informal kinship placements as historically these have
not been recorded within our database, they are out with social work
involvement.

 

We are unable to provide you with information on the total number of
children that social work have arranged an Informal Residence/Special
Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements since 1st April 2014 until present date
and number of types of agreement into your criteria, i.e. Informal
Residence order: Informal Guardianship Order: Informal Kinship Carer
Agreement as it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with our
obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, we hereby gives
notice that this information is not held by us. 

 

3.Please provide me with your full policy and procedure used to ensure
that all informal agreements are done so within the confines of the law.

Informal agreements would come under family arrangements and shared care
where a child is not “looked after”, therefore, ACC would not be involved
in this matter.

 

We are unable to provide you with information on our full policy and
procedure used to ensure that all informal agreements are done so within
the confines of the law as it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with
our obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, we hereby
gives notice that this information is not held by us. 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

We handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

 

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Samantha Kerr (Account suspended)

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Aberdeen City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Payments for Informal Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements'.

Failure to respond: Should you require any clarification regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Samantha Kerr

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Ms Kerr,

 

Thank you for your email received 30 September 2019, requesting a review
of our handling of your request for information FOI-19-1188 – Kinship Care
Agreements.

 

In order for us to proceed with your internal review request, we would be
grateful if you could tell us which aspects of the response you are
dissatisfied with and why.

 

Are you dissatisfied with:

o the response that we do not capture information on informal reviews or
o that Special Guardianship does not apply in Scotland or
o another aspect of handling (please specify).

 

As soon as we get clarity from you on what you wish for us to review, we
will commence the review of our response.

 

Kind regards,

Tomina

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 6,  1^st Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

 

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Samantha Kerr (Account suspended)

Dear Foi Enquiries,

You can provide the information relating to my request for Kinship Care payments and the number of children that correlate to any payments. Other LAC’s have kindly supplied this.

Yours sincerely,

Samantha Kerr

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Ms Kerr,

Thank you for your request for a review, received on 30 September 2019, to
reconsider the information request FOI-19-1188 – Kinship Care Agreements
on the basis that you are not satisfied with the content of the response
from Aberdeen City Council (ACC). Under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), if an applicant writes to ACC expressing
dissatisfaction with the way in which ACC has dealt with their request
(this includes enquiring about the status of a late response), ACC must
treat this as a formal request for review. The applicant does not need to
specifically ask for a review.

In accordance with the timescales set out in FOISA, you should receive a
review outcome on or before 28 October 2019. If a response to your
information request is provided on or before that date, this will be
deemed to be the review outcome. If ACC fails to provide you with a
response by that date, you can apply to the Office of the Scottish
Information Commissioner (OSIC) to make a decision. Please refer to the
Further Information section below.

I would also take this opportunity to advise you that you will have no
further opportunities to seek a review at local authority level after your
response has been provided, as FOISA allows applicants to have one review
only. If you receive your response and disagree with any aspect of it, you
should contact OSIC directly.

Yours sincerely,

Salomeh Kheyri Rad
On behalf of Review Panel Clerk

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request for an internal
review, you can apply directly to the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner (OSIC) for a decision. Generally, OSIC cannot make a decision
unless you have been through the ACC’s review procedure. To make an
application to OSIC, please write or email OSIC at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS
[1]www.itspublicknowledge.info

An application to OSIC must be made in writing within six months of
receipt of ACC’s Review Decision Notice. When applying to OSIC for a
decision you should give your name and address for correspondence. Please
note that OSIC will not be able to investigate if you have not used your
real name to make your information request. You must also specify:

You must also specify:

● which request for information your requirement for review relates to
● the reason that you asked ACC to carry out a review of your request
● the reason why you are not satisfied with ACC's review outcome decision

The Commissioner will contact ACC and invite its comments on your
application. Thereafter (if no settlement has meantime been reached), the
Commissioner must reach a decision within 4 months of receiving your
application, or within such other period as is reasonable. You will
receive written notice of the outcome of the Commissioner’s decision.

Should you wish to appeal against the Scottish Information Commissioner's
decision, there is an appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law
only. Any such appeal must be made within 42 days after the date of the
decision has been issued.

 

[2]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[3]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

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If you receive this email in error, notify the sender by reply email,
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opinions expressed in this email are those of the sender and they do not
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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Ms Kerr,

 

Thank you for your email of 30 September 2019 requesting that Aberdeen
City Council (ACC) review its handling of your request on the basis that
you are not satisfied with the content of the response provided . I can
now advise you that we have undertaken an internal review of our decision
and the findings are set out below.

 

Review details

 

You can provide the information relating to my request for Kinship Care
payments and the number of children that correlate to any payments. Other
LAC’s have kindly supplied this.

 

Review outcome

 

In accordance with Section 21(4)(c) of FOISA, please find below the
response to your information request, which comprises the Review Outcome:

 

ACC failed to provide a robust response to questions 1 and 2 of your
request. Please see the revised response to questions 1 and 2 below.
Please accept our sincere apologies for failing to provide a robust
response earlier.

 

Under FOISA please provide me with the information contained in your
records as follows:

1. The Total amount of the tax payers money spent on Informal
Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements since 1st April 2014
until present date?

Please break this figure down year on year month on month and week on
week.

Please also include the number of types of agreement into your criteria,
i.e. Informal Residence order: Informal Guardianship Order: Informal
Kinship Carer Agreement?

ACC does not hold information on Informal Residence, Special Guardian,
Informal Residence Order, Informal Guardianship Order, Informal Kinship
Carer Agreement as ACC is not involved in these kinds of arrangements.

 

ACC was correct in applying an Information Not Held exemption for this
information.

 

However, ACC does have Formal Kinship Care, which is usually arranged
through a child’s care plan. Please see attached: What is Kinship Care
leaflet 2019 for more information.

 

Please see also the attached: Kinship Allowance Leaflet 2019 Updated for
information on how Kinship Carers are paid.

 

The average weekly, monthly & the total yearly cost for kinship payments
from 2014 to date is:

 

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 to date
Total
weekly
cost £9,333 £12,729 £20,032 £28,570 £35,344 £40,348
Total
monthly
cost £40,445 £55,157 £86,806 £123,802 £153,158 £174,841
Total
yearly
cost £485,337 £661,888 £1,041,673 £1,485,626 £1,837,896 £1,049,047

 

2. The Total number of children that social work have arranged an Informal
Residence/Special Guardian/Kinship Care Agreements since 1st April 2014
until present date?

Please break this figure down year on year month on month and week on
week.

Please also include the number of types of agreement into your criteria,
i.e. Informal Residence order: Informal Guardianship Order: Informal
Kinship Carer Agreement?

ACC does not hold information on Informal Residence, Special Guardian,
Informal Residence Order, Informal Guardianship Order, Informal Kinship
Carer Agreement as ACC is not involved in these kinds of arrangements.

 

ACC was correct in applying an Information Not Held exemption for this
information.

 

However, ACC is able to provide total number of children in Formal Kinship
Care. ACC is only able to provide an annual break down of the number of
children based on how the information is captured on our systems.

 

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 to date
96 113 171 214 256 264

 

ACC is unable to provide you with month on month and week on week break
down of the number of children, as it is not held by ACC.  In order to
comply with our obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, we
hereby gives notice that this information is not held by us. 

 

What happens next?

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request for an internal
review, you can apply directly to the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner (OSIC) for a decision. Generally, OSIC cannot make a decision
unless you have been through the ACC’s review procedure. To make an
application to OSIC, please write or email OSIC at:

 

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

[1]www.itspublicknowledge.info

 

An application to OSIC must be made in writing within six months of
receipt of ACC’s Review Decision Notice. When applying to OSIC for a
decision you should give your name and address for correspondence. Please
note that OSIC will not be able to investigate if you have not used your
real name to make your information request. You must also specify:

 

● which request for information your requirement for review relates to

● the reason that you asked ACC to carry out a review of your request

● the reason why you are not satisfied with ACC's review outcome decision

 

The Commissioner will contact ACC and invite its comments on your
application. Thereafter (if no settlement has meantime been reached), the
Commissioner must reach a decision within 4 months of receiving your
application, or within such other period as is reasonable. You will
receive written notice of the outcome of the Commissioner’s decision.

 

Should you wish to appeal against the Scottish Information Commissioner's
decision, there is an appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law
only. Any such appeal must be made within 42 days after the date of the
decision has been issued.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[2]ACC_Crest_for mac Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  |
Broad Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[3]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachment to it) is
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opinions expressed in this email are those of the sender and they do not
necessarily constitute those of Aberdeen City Council. Unless we expressly
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Samantha Kerr (Account suspended)

Dear Foi Enquiries,

Thank you for upholding my internal review and supplying the information you have, this is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Samantha Kerr