Dear Cheshire East Council,

I am writing with a freedom of information request for data relating to the content and outcome of Return Home Interviews (RHIs) provided for runaway or missing children by your authority.

When you respond with confirmation that you have received my request, could you please advise whether any clarification is needed in order to complete my request? Please ensure any questions arrive to me prior to the 20 day deadline.

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Please can you send over answers to the following:
+ How many recorded instances of missing then returned children did you have in your authority per year between Jan 1st 2014-Jan 1st 2019? If you can provide a per month break down please do.
+How many of these instances were children who had runaway more than once? If possible can you send a break down which shows a numbered list to indicate individual children and a second column with how many times they ran away? This would of course not include their name or any details.
+ A summary of the recorded outcomes or actions taken for all completed Return Home Interviews (for example a safeguarding referral, report to the police or to another service). I would like a breakdown of these for Jan 2014-Jan 2019. Ideally this would be laid out by outcome, beside a number of times this was taken. This would sit along side a number of how many RHIs were carried out in total per year. Excel or PDF formats are fine.
+ How many of these return interviews contained content about child exploitation?
+How many times were the police notified of potential child exploitation, following a RHI?
+ Can you send me the hiring requirements for staff employed in-house to carry out RHIs? If you outsource this service please respond with who does this for you.
+If you do not outsource and complete RHIs yourself - could you please provide the aide memoire/guidelines/checklist that you use when completing Return Home Interviews?

CCR FOI Investigation Team, Cheshire East Council

[1]Cheshire East New Logo
Date: 5 March 2019
Our Reference: 4617065
Dear Sir/Madam
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Thank you for your request regarding Outcome of Return Home Interviews for
missing children.
Your request has been identified as falling within the scope of Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and It will be treated as a request for information
within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act: this means that we
will send you a full response within 20 working days, either supplying you
with the information which you want, or explaining to you why we cannot
supply it. 

The due date is 2 April 2019.
If we need any further clarification or there is a problem, we will be in
We will either supply you with the information which has been requested,
or explain why we cannot supply it.

If we need any further clarification we will be in touch.

In the meantime if you wish to discuss this further please contact me. It
would be helpful if you could quote the reference number quoted above.

Yours faithfully
Gill Clowes
Customer Relations and Compliance Assistant
Cheshire East Council
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[1]Cheshire East New Logo
Date: 2 April 2019
Our Reference: 4617065
Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you for your request for information received on 5 March 2019.
Please find attached our response to your request.
Yours faithfully
Rebekka Wilson
Business Administrator
Cheshire East Council
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