Respite care and families in crisis

Glyn Gaskarth made this Freedom of Information request to Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

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Dear Richmond upon Thames Borough Council,

1.Please specify the number of families resident in the local authority with disabled children between the ages of 16 and 25 that received respite care funded by the local authority in each of the last three years broken down by year
2.Please provide a figure for the total cost of respite care for families in the local authority with disabled children between the ages of 16 and 25 met by the local authority and the average cost per family receiving respite care paid for by the council for each of the last three years broken down by year.
3.Please provide details of any estimates made by the council about the potential growth in the use of respite care for families with disabled children between the ages of 16 and 25 funded by the council and any funds being allocated by the council in anticipation of a growth in the use of respite care for this group.
4.Please provide any data held by the council on the number of families with disabled children between the ages of 16 and 25 judged to be ‘in crisis’, the total cost of dealing with these families and the average cost to the local authority of a family 'in crisis' per year in each of the last three years
5. Please define what qualifies a family as ‘in crisis’ as determined by the local authority.

Yours faithfully,

Glyn Gaskarth

FOI, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

 

Our Ref: L/AMO/e15133

 

 

Dear Glyn Gaskarth

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 11 November 2013.

 

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Our Ref: /ND/e15133

 

Dear Glyn Gaskarth

 

I am writing in regards to your recent request.

 

For Q4 & 5 you have referred to families ‘in crisis’. We do not use the
terminology ‘in crisis’ so cannot answer these questions. Please define
‘in crisis’ or clarify so we can identify the group of families/children
being referred to.

 

Please note your request will be put on hold until we receive this
clarification.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Natalie Dewing

Data Protection and Information Officer

Community Engagement and Accountability Team

Adult and Community Services

0208 891 7058

[email address]

 

 

 

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Dear Natalie Dewing,

The term 'in crisis' refers to a family unable to continue supporting their disabled family member/s and requiring the local authority to assume those care and support duties. The transfer to local authority control could be precipitated by a series of situations either by an instruction by social services that the family is not coping, self referral by the families concerned or if there has been a need for an emergency intervention that causes the local authority to realise that the family is unable to continue providing care support to their family member on the same basis.

Yours sincerely,

Glyn Gaskarth

Natalie Dewing, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

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Our Ref: ND/e15133

 

Dear Glyn Gaskarth

 

Your request for information which was received on 11 November 2013 has
been considered.

 

Please find our response attached.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Natalie Dewing

Data Protection and Information Officer

Community Engagement and Accountability Team

Adult and Community Services

0208 891 7058

[email address]

 

 

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