Payments in cash or kind under Section 17 of the Children’s Act

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Please disclose any current procedure or protocol documents on the assessment and provision of payments in cash or kind under Section 17 of the Children’s Act

Please disclose any e-mail’s or any other written communications by Children’s Social Care management and Legal Services providing guidance on the interpretation of the policy of making payments in cash or kind under Section 17 of the Children’s Act within the last twelve months. (This does not relate to advice on individual cases and is concerned solely with the interpretation of policy)

Please provide the total amount of payments in cash or kind under Section 17 of the Children’s Act made to families over the last three complete financial years.

Is Birmingham City Council giving any consideration to combining discretionary Local Assistance payments (Discretionary Social Fund) and payments made under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989?

If yes, please specify what consideration has been given and detail any progress towards implementation?

Yours faithfully,

Jolyon Jones

Birmingham City Council

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Children, Young People and Families Directorate
Birmingham City Council

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Dear Jolyon

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 disclose any current procedure or protocol documents on the
assessment and provision of payments in cash or kind under Section 17 of
the Children’s Act
   
    Please disclose any e-mail’s or any other written communications by
Children’s Social Care management and Legal Services providing guidance on
the interpretation of the policy of making payments in
    cash or kind under Section 17 of the Children’s Act within the last
twelve months. (This does not relate to advice on individual cases and is
concerned solely with the interpretation of policy)
   
    Please provide the total amount of payments in cash or kind under
Section 17 of the Children’s Act made to families over the last three
complete financial years.
   
    Is Birmingham City Council giving any consideration to combining
discretionary Local Assistance payments (Discretionary Social Fund) and
payments made under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989?
   
    If yes, please specify what consideration has been given and detail
any progress towards implementation?

Please find herewith the following:

                       

If you have any information which may assist us in determining or locating
any missed information, we would be grateful if you would contact us with
details of this information, so that we can conduct a further search.

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The Information Commissioner
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SK9 5AF

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Yours sincerely,
Tracey Robinson
Business Continuity and Information Governance Officer

Sent of behalf of:
Steve Cullen
Information governance Manager
Governance and Policy Team
Children Young People and Families Directorate
Birmingham City Council
Tel: 0121 464 4591
Email: [email address]

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