Questions regarding looked after children.

Melizza Moore made this Freedom of Information request to Plymouth City Council

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Dear Plymouth City Council,

I would like to ask the following questions
1. How often do Social care staff go on statutory visits to looked
after children in their foster contract placements?.

2. Are the social workers who are allocated to the children,
routinely check for certain issues, for instance child abuse in the
placement?.

3. Do the birth parent of the Looked after child get notified
straight away of any concerns after statatory visits?
4. Regarding medical tests, are the birth parents invited, as they
still have parental responsibility of their child?.

5. What are the procedures and guidelines if the child makes any
allegations?

6. How many professionals meetings, within the first year of foster
care placement are there. And or are the foster contract carers
present.

7. What is the annual turnover for foster contract carers "in
house" and private "agency" foster carers.

8. Are ALL the relatives and associates of foster contract carers
screened by enhanced CRB checks prior or during the foster
placement.

9. If a child makes an allegation, does the allocated social worker
visit the child straight away?

10. Are children offered an independant advocate, such as VOICE if
not, then can you explain why?

Yours faithfully,

Melizza Moore

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FOI Children and YP, Plymouth City Council

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Dear Melizza

Please find attached an acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information request

Avril Lacey
Administrative Assistant
Services for Children and Young People
Civic Centre
Plymouth
PL1 2AA

T 01752 307302
E FOIChildren [email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

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Melizza Moore

Dear FOI Children and YP,

By law, this is late by one day.

Yours sincerely,

Melizza Moore

FOI Children and YP, Plymouth City Council

Dear Melizza,

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in supplying the
information. As stated in my acknowledgement letter of the 28 April 2011,
we are experiencing an unprecedented number of Freedom of Information
request's and are working on the issue of demand and supply within the
statutory time frame.
I am compiling the response; in respect of question 7: "What is the annual
turnover for foster contract carers "in house" and private "agency" foster
carers": can you please describe your definition of;

* "turnover".
For example 'how many foster carers leave each year or how many we
recruit?, how many take placements?, how many children are placed in a
year?.
* "in house".
Is that Plymouth City Council approved?
* "private agency".
Is that independent foster agencies?

I will send the information requested in your other questions
independently of question 7 to progress your request.
Please advise,
Yours sincerely,
Rebecca Rowland
Information and Communication Support Officer
Services for Children and Young People
Plymouth City Council
Civic Centre
Plymouth
PL1 2AA
T 01752 307305
F 01752 307494
E [1][email address]
[2]www.plymouth.gov.uk

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Dear FOI Children and YP,

* "turnover".
For example 'how many foster carers leave each year or how many we
recruit?, how many take placements?, how many children are placed in a
year?.
* "in house".
Is that Plymouth City Council approved?
* "private agency".
Is that independent foster agencies?

The answer that I am seeking in relation to "turnover", is what is the pay that foster carers receive working for the designated local authority, or those that work for a private independant foster care agency ( simular to ones advertised in newspapers)?

Yours sincerely,

Melizza Moore

FOI Children and YP, Plymouth City Council

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Good Afternoon

The response to your Freedom of Information request is attached.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in supplying the information. We are experiencing a high number of Freedom of Information request's and are at present working on tackling the issue of demand and supply within the statutory time frame

Deborah Molloy
Information and Communication Support Assistant
Services for Children and Young People
Plymouth City Council
Civic Centre
Plymouth
PL1 2AA

T 01752 307425
F 01752 307494
E [email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

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FOI Children and YP, Plymouth City Council

FOI Children and YP would like to recall the message, "Response to Freedom of Information request ".

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Dear Melizza,

Please find attached the full response to your Freedom of Information
request which includes the information in respect of question 7:

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Rowland
Information and Communication Support Officer
Customer Relations Team
Plymouth City Council
Civic Centre
Plymouth
PL1 2AA

T 01752 307305
F 01752 307494
E [email address]
[1]www.plymouth.gov.uk

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