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Dear Lancashire County 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?

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Ms Damon

Request for Information Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your enquiry of 4th March 2019, in which you request the disclosure of information.
We can confirm that your enquiry will now be assigned to an officer who will commence a search for the information you require and they will respond in due course. The deadline date for issuing you with a full response is 2nd April 2019. We will endeavour to provide a response well in advance of this date, however, should we envisage any delays, or require more details from you, we will contact you immediately.

If you have any queries about the above, please do not hesitate to contact us, quoting ref 964.377.

Yours sincerely,

On Behalf of the Information Governance Team Lancashire County Council PO Box 78 County Hall Preston
PR1 8XJ

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

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Dear Ms Damon

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your request for information, made under the provisions of the
above Act, please see below our response.

 

Request:

 

1.     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.

2.     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.

3.     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.

4.     How many of these return interviews contained content about child
exploitation?

5.     How many times were the police notified of potential child
exploitation, following a RHI? 

6.     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.

7.     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?

 

Response:

 

1.     Lancashire County Council only have information available dating
back to April 2015, please find attached in the Excel document.

 

2.     Lancashire County Council only have information available dating
back to April 2015, please find attached in the Excel document.

 

3.     The information for Q3, 4 & 5 is only held within a free text field
within the interview and as such we cannot provide the information
requested as it would require looking through each individual form and to
collate this information would incur a commitment of resources in excess
of the limit of £450 set by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 (SI No. 3244 of 2004), which
equates to 18 hours of work. Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information
Act provides that a public authority is not obliged to comply with a
request where to do so would exceed such a limit and therefore these
questions have been refused.

 

6.     We currently outsource and commission the children's society to
complete  RHI.   We also have identified family support worker who visit
children and complete RHI.  

 

7.     Please find the additional attachments showing  copies of
checklists and forms that we hold.

 

In the event that you wish to complain about the manner in which your
enquiry has been handled, you should write in the first instance to The
Freedom of Information Officer, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78,
County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ, or email
[Lancashire County Council request email] and the matter will be referred to
the Head of Information Governance for review and reconsideration.

 

If, after this stage, you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to refer
the matter to the Information Commissioner, whose contact details are as
follows:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 0303 123 1113

Email: [email address]

Website: http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

If you have any queries regarding any of the above, or you require any
additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our team. May I
also take this opportunity to apologise for the delay in issuing this
response.

Yours sincerely

On Behalf of the Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

T:  0300 123 6701

W: [1]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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