SECTION 20 orders

Alison Stevens made this Freedom of Information request to Northumberland County Council

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Dear Northumberland County Counci

Could you please answer the following questions with regards to this Freedom of Information Request.
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1,How many children are currently held on a section 20 order?
2, How many children have been removed off a section 20 order in the last 12 calendar months?
3,Of the children removed from a section 20 order in past 12 calendar months . how many of these children were placed into LA care? ? how many of these cases resulted in children being returned to the care of the Parents?
4, How many children have been placed with an immediate family member such as Grandparents under the kincare clause or a Special Guardianship order in the past 12 calendar months?
5, What is the longest amount of time that a child has been left on a section 20 order without going to Court, ?
please give statistics for the past 3 calender's years?
MY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN BASED ON THIS HEADLINE AND CASES.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018...

Yours faithfully,

Alison Stevens.

Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Section 20
orders.

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. This is because we need
further details from you in order to identify and locate the information.

Therefore I should be grateful if you would clarify question 4:

How many children have been placed with an immediate family member such as
Grandparents under the kincare clause or a Special Guardianship order in
the past 12 calendar months?

Is the number required those that have previously been section 20?

The link to the article you provided is
invalid [1]https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018... Would you please
provide an updated link.

If we do not receive your clarification within 3 calendar months from
today we will close your request. If after the 3 month period you then
provide clarification, your request will be logged as a new request.

Yours sincerely

FOI Co-ordinator -
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

With regards to question 4, i am asking how many Children are actually placed on a section 20, order, have been placed with an immediate Family member under the kincare clause and a Special Guardianship order;?

Yours faithfully,

Alison Stevens

Dear Northumberland County Council,
With reference to Question 4, How many children that are on a section 20 order have been placed with an immediate Family member such as Grandparents under the kincare clause and Special Guardianship order?

Yours faithfully,

Alison Stevens

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 3972   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Section 20
orders.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
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The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
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Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.
 
1,How many children are currently held on a section 20 order? 89
 
2, How many children have been removed off a section 20 order in the last
12 calendar months? 148
 
3,Of the children removed from a section 20 order in past 12 calendar
months . how many of these children were placed into LA care? 31
how many of these cases resulted in children being returned to the care of
the Parents? 56
 
4, How many children have been placed with an immediate family member such
as Grandparents under the kincare clause or a Special Guardianship order
in the past 12 calendar months? 52
 
5, What is the longest amount of time that a child has been left on a
section 20 order without going to Court, ?
please give statistics for the past 3 calender's years?
2015 - 1078 days   
2016 -  615 days   
2017 - 435 days  
2018 - 93 days (children subject to S20 will include a cohort of children
for which accommodation on a voluntary basis is their agreed long term
plan) 
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Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator -
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk