Return Home Interviews (RHIs)

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Dear Newport City 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?

Newport City Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information about :

Runaway or missing children

Received on 05/03/2019

This request has been formally logged in our FOI management system and has been assigned the reference REQ06734.
You should receive a reply to your request within the statutory time limit of 20 working days.

Please remember to quote the reference number REQ06734 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,
Information Management

Harry, Niall (Complaint Resolution Officer), Newport City Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

 

In reference to your FOI request, please find detailed below a response.

 

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.

# of People Reported Missing
(irrespective of time spent
Month & Year missing)
Feb-14 48
Mar-14 69
Apr-14 66
May-14 83
Jun-14 85
Jul-14 87
Aug-14 57
Sep-14 78
Oct-14 79
Nov-14 75
Dec-14 60
Jan-15 78
Feb-15 70
Mar-15 78
Apr-15 67
May-15 80
Jun-15 76
Jul-15 76
Aug-15 71
Sep-15 63
Oct-15 60
Nov-15 70
Dec-15 65
Jan-16 58
Feb-16 59
Mar-16 64
Apr-16 59
May-16 74
Jun-16 77
Jul-16 84
Aug-16 80
Sep-16 66
Oct-16 91
Nov-16 95
Dec-16 51
Jan-17 68
Feb-17 49
Mar-17 77
Apr-17 69
May-17 86
Jun-17 83
Jul-17 69
Aug-17 59
Sep-17 88
Oct-17 97
Nov-17 66
Dec-17 71
Jan-18 81
Feb-18 62
Mar-18 81
Apr-18 75
May-18 90
Jun-18 84
Jul-18 98
Aug-18 64
Sep-18 65
Oct-18 73
Nov-18 69
Dec-18 56
Jan-19 59

 

 

+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.

 

# of episodes
missing
(irrespective of
time spent
missing) # of people
  2133
1 1509
2 220
3 92
4 54
5 41
6 25
7 14
8 10
9 13
10 17
11 6
12 6
13 9
14 7
15 4
16 3
17 7
18 5
19 5
20 6
21 1
22 2
23 2
24 2
25 1
28 3
29 2
30 2
31 3
33 3
34 2
35 2
37 1
39 2
41 1
42 2
43 3
44 3
45 1
46 1
48 1
49 2
50 1
53 2
54 2
55 2
56 1
59 1
60 1
63 1
64 3
65 1
66 1
71 2
73 1
79 1
86 1
90 1
91 1
92 1
93 1
103 1
105 1
108 1
115 1
136 2
144 1
152 1
154 1
203 1
238 1
292 1
437 1

 

•             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 alongside a number
of how many Ris were carried out in total per year. Excel or PDF formats
are fine.

Every child reported missing and absent to Gwent Missing Children’s team
is offered an independent return home interview on the first and 5th
subsequent reported missing episode in a rolling month and on occasions
whereby the missing report raised additional concern or at the request of
Gwent police operation Quartz (CSE officers). The debrief worker refers on
to several different services including family support, educational
support, housing support, police social services, bereavement services,
mental health services, drug and alcohol services, CSE safety work,
advocacy, trafficking to name some,  We do not hold a data list for this
it is held by Llamau the independent provider.

 

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

Every child reported is risk assessed via a MIRAF (Missing Individual Risk
Assessment Form), which brings together multi agency information in one
form held on a ‘share-point’  system that can be accessed by all
safeguarding professions signed up to a WASPI. When the multi-agency
information is collated and a SERAF is considered for every child at the
point of risk assessment

 

•             How many times were the police notified of potential child
exploitation, following a RHIW?

Where SERAF’s score over 16 a safeguarding referral is submitted for
strategy discussion, we do not hold a data list

 

•             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.

The staff are funded independently by Big Lottery and Llamau as a
voluntary organisation supply 3 de brief workers to cover the Gwent area.
All information deemed at debrief is shared on the MIRAF and any
additional police intelligence is submitted. Staff are fully trained and
vetted all have youth work qualification as a minimum.

 

•             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?

The debrief service is co-located within the multi-agency team but is
funded separately by Big lottery and provided by third sector to offer
independence in line with good practice. Every child is offered a debrief
on the first missing episode on the 5^th in a rolling month. Information
is stored on the MIRAF so everyone has access to it when required. We will
debrief if we have concerns or at the request of another professional

 

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service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a
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