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Dear Bournemouth Borough 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?

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Compliance Team, Bournemouth Borough Council

Dear Ms Damon

Re: Freedom of Information Request

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information received on the 5th March 2019.

We are dealing with your request and will be in contact with you again.

A response will be made within 20 working days, either supplying you with the information which you have asked for, or explaining why we cannot supply it. If we need any further clarification we will contact you.

Yours sincerely

Compliance Team
North Bournemouth Local Office (NBLO)
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Compliance Team, Bournemouth Borough Council

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Dear Ms Damon

 

Further to your request for information received on 5^th March 2019,
please see below provided by Bournemouth Borough Council.

 

RESPONSE:

 

Q1 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.

 

Q1 Total Missing Episodes
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
January 24 28 65 50 74
February 31 16 47 58 81
March 31 28 40 75 83
April 53 17 60 69 78
May 24 36 44 107 89
June 22 68 50 102 102
July 27 55 95 106 150
August 27 56 63 97 68
September 23 60 73 91 71
October 22 60 73 107 80
November 29 41 52 64 99
December 31 39 39 44 78
Total Episodes 344 504 701 970 1053

 

 

 

Q2 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.

 

Number of children by Number of Episodes
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1 episode (No Repeats) 165 93 134 167 169
2 episodes 12 26 32 23 43
3 episodes 5 14 14 18 15
4 episodes 1 13 9 12 11
5 episodes 5 6 4 6
6 episodes 2 3 4 5 7
7 episodes 1 1 9 6
8 episodes 1 2 2 3
9 episodes 1 3 5
10 episodes 1 1 4 2
11 episodes 1 1 4 2
12 episodes 1 1 1
13 episodes 2 3 1
14 episodes 2 2
15 episodes 1 2 2
16 episodes 1 1 3
17 episodes 1 1 1
18 episodes 1 1
19 episodes 1 3 1  
20 episodes 1 1 1 2
Over 20 episodes 3 3 7 8 9
Total Children 191 166 219 269 291

 

 

Q3 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.

 

Q3 Number of Return Home Interviews 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
n/a n/a n/a 381 395

 

Please note:
A) RHI data is not available for the first three years because RHI docs
were saved as attachments.  These cannot be searched and counted in a
reasonable time scale.
B) The figures given are for actual interviews.  Many of these interviews
discussed multiple missing episodes.
C) Note that missing episodes are triaged and not all meet the threshold
for RHI.

 

We cannot provide a list of recorded outcomes from each Return Home
Interview.  Where recorded, these would have been written in a free-text
box on our case management system.

 

 

Q4 How many of these return interviews contained content about child
exploitation?

As above, this would be recorded as free-text and is therefore not
reportable. *COST LIMIT EXEMPTION*

 

 

Q5 How many times were the police notified of potential child
exploitation, following a RHI? 

As above, this would be recorded as free-text and is therefore not
reportable. *COST LIMIT EXEMPTION*

 

 

Q6 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 persons that complete them within the authority are all allocated
Social Workers or Family Support Practitioners so they are all employed
staff members through normal procedures of the borough.

The staff within Early Help Young People who carry out RHIs are all
qualified to a minimum of Level 3 in youth work, IAG or a related field.
Not all RHIS are done by this team, they deal with the ones that are
requested to do by the Child Exploitation team, who manage the process
overall.

 

Q7 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?

Please see attached

                                                                                                              

*COST LIMIT EXEMPTION*

The Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations
specifies an “appropriate limit” for the amount of time the Council needs
to spend undertaking that search. If the Council estimates that the time
to taken to locate, retrieve and extract the information requested will
exceed the appropriate limit, then under Section 12 of the Act, it is
therefore not obliged to comply with that request.

 The appropriate limit currently specified by the Regulations for local
authorities is £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person
spending two and a half working days in locating, retrieving and
extracting the information requested.

We are unable to offer advice and assistance under section 16 of the Act
as our data is not held in a manner that could provide the information
requested within the 18 hours cost limit.

381 RHI’S x 2 Minutes to locate and retrieve the information for Q4 & 5
from the case management system = 762 divided by 60 = 12hours

395 RHI’S x 2 Minutes to locate and retrieve the information for Q4 & 5
from the case management system = 790 divided by 60 = 13hours

12 hours + 13 hours = 25 hours to locate and retrieve the information for
q4 and q5.

We are unable to assist you as our data is not held in a manner that could
provide details within the 18 hours cost limit. It would require us to
manually access records and therefore cannot be produced within timescales
as specified under the Act.

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Yours sincerely

Compliance Team

North Bournemouth Local Office (NBLO)

27 Slades Farm Road, Bournemouth, BH10 4ES

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Dear Ms Damon

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request for information received on the
5th March 2019.

 

We are dealing with your request and will be in contact with you again.

 

A response will be made within 20 working days, either supplying you with
the information which you have asked for, or explaining why we cannot
supply it. If we need any further clarification we will contact you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Compliance Team

North Bournemouth Local Office (NBLO)

27 Slades Farm Road, Bournemouth, BH10 4ES

Telephone: 01202 456924

Secure E-mail: [8][email address]

 

 

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