Self- harm suicide and depression in children whilst under social services

S. Prichard made this Freedom of Information request to Haringey Borough Council

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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

Following our request dated 27th November 2014 regarding social services causing emotional harm to children

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

and a study by Nyas
“NYAS has found that in the past five years there have been at least one thousand children and young people have been admitted to mental health in-patient units while they were in care. The fact that there is no shared data across central government departments is concerning.”

https://www.nyas.net/archives/5682

1. We would like to know how many children in care have suffered emotional harm or mental health issues AFTER children were removed from parents care and have had the following issues:-

a) Self-harmed
b) Committed suicide – please state methods
c) Attempted suicide – please state methods
d) Sectioned
e) Abused in care
i) Physically
ii) Emotionally
iii) Sexually
f) Anorexia
g) Bulimia
h) Drug or substance abuse
i) Depression
j) Suicidal Thoughts

2. What is your councils policy with dealing with any of the above

We want stats where the children are only diagnosed once placed in care and after the children were removed from parents care, and had no diagnoses prior to removal. from parents. Please go back 5 years, stats year on year.

Yours faithfully,

S. Prichard

FOI, Haringey Borough Council

Dear S  Prichard,

 

Freedom of Information Request: Reference LBH/4208015

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 17 April 2015.

 

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of Information Act 2000 and we will send the response by 18 May 2015.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Sirkku Pietikäinen

Feedback Review Officer

 

Haringey Council

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Bhardwaja Neelam, Haringey Borough Council

Ms Prichard

 

Freedom of Information Act Request (ref: LBH 4208015)

Fees Notice

 

Thank you for your e-mail which was received on 17^th April 2015 in which
you request the following information;

 

1.    How many children in care have suffered emotional harm or mental
health issues AFTER children were removed from parents care and have had
the following issues:-

 

a)    Self-harmed

b)    Committed suicide – please state methods

c)    Attempted suicide – please state methods

d)    Sectioned

e)    Abused in care

i)    Physically

ii)   Emotionally

iii)  Sexually

f)    Anorexia

g)    Bulimia

h)    Drug or substance abuse

i)    Depression

j)    Suicidal Thoughts

 

2.    What is the local authority council policy with dealing with any of
the above .

 

You also request statistics that relate to the previous 5 years (year on
year) to focus on situations where the children are only diagnosed once
placed in care, after the children were removed from parents care, and
where there was no diagnoses prior to removal from parents.

 

In terms of Question 2. The local authority response centres on a
multi-agency multi-disciplinary approach in meeting the needs of children
and young people who are looked after by the local authority, these being
internal and external partners.

 

I can confirm that the number of children who became looked after in the
years you specified are:

 

 

          Stat Neighbour
2010-11 2011-12 2012013 2013-14 2014-15-Provisional 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
310 255 195 225 195 203 216 226
               

 

 

 

2014-2015 (provisional)

 

195

 

 

In terms of Question 1, the information is not collected in an easily
accessed format.  Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act allows
public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of
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Regards.

 

Neelam Bhardwaja

Assistant Director – Safeguarding & Social Care

Haringey Council

The Children & Young People’s Service

1^st floor, River Park House, 225 High Road, London N22 8HQ

Tel : 020 8489 4676 – PA 3860

[mobile number]

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Dear Bhardwaja Neelam,

Please do a statistical snapshot that would be great - i.e. children entered into care with no mental health conditions in 2014 and recommended to mental health during 2014/5

Yours sincerely,

S. Prichard

Bhardwaja Neelam, Haringey Borough Council

Dear S Prichard,
We do not record this information in a retrievable format. This information will be on individual case records and the statement mentioned below in relation to time and cost would apply.
I am sorry for not being able to assist you further with this matter.

Neelam Bhardwaja
Assistant Director
Safeguarding & Social Care
1st floor, River Park House, 225 High Road, London N22 7TY

T: 020 8489 4676 (PA Candy Burns extn 3860)
[email address]

www.haringey.gov.uk
twitter@haringeycouncil

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