Statistics & aggregate data for Haringey Children's Service

Clive Carter made this Freedom of Information request to Haringey Borough Council

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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

1. How many applications for Care Orders have been made in the last accounting year?

2. How many children were:

     (A)  received into the interim care of the LA?
     (B)  accommodated under S. 20?
     (C)  made the subject of Full Care Orders?
     (D)  made the subject of Placement Orders?
     (E)  made the subject of Special Guardianship Orders?
     (F)  adopted ?

3. How many applications were made for:

     (A)  emergency protection orders?
     (B)  interim care orders?
     (C)  final care orders?
     (D)  placement orders?
     (E)  special guardianship orders?

And how many have been refused by a court?

4. How many S. 47 inquiries were undertaken by the LA? Please break down by:

     (A)  allegations against parents?
     (B)  allegations against foster careers?
     (C)  allegations against agency staff?
     (D)  allegations against LA staff?

5. Please provide a schedule of the outcomes of the inquiries referred to above, in each category, specifying the result of the inquiry in each case.

6. How many children were in the care of the Council at the beginning and at the year end?

7. How many professionals have been referred to LADO and how many investigations involved:

     (A)  a S. 47 inquiry?
     (B)  a police investigation?
     (C)  allegations that were unfounded?

Please provide a percentage breakdown of the types of allegations investigated.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Carter

Tobin Kim, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Mr Carter

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request: Reference LBH/1806613

I acknowledge your request for information received on 10 May 2013.

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we will send the response by 10 June 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 020 8489 2550 or [email address].

Kim Tobin | Feedback Response Officer |Haringey Council | Feedback & Information Governance Team | 020 8489 2517

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Dear Kim Tobin

On 14 May 2013 I received your acknowledgement of my Freedom of Information Request, headed 'Statistics and aggregate data for Haringey Children's Service'.

You told me that I would receive the response by 10 June 2013 (yesterday). This is what the law requires - i.e. 20 working days (or one month).

What is the reason please, why I have not received a response?

Yours sincerely,

Clive Carter

Bolt Deborah, Haringey Borough Council

 

Dear Mr Carter

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/1806613

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 10 May 2013.

 

Please see my response below:  

 

 

     1. How many applications for Care Orders have been made in the last

     accounting year?

    

          75 Applications for Care orders have been made.

 

     2. How many children were:

    

(A)        received into the interim care of the LA?

50

 

(B)        accommodated under S. 20?

83

 

(C)       made the subject of Full Care Orders?

63

 

(D)       made the subject of Placement Orders?

28

 

(E)        made the subject of Special Guardianship Orders?

31

 

(F)        adopted ?

14

    

     3. How many applications were made for:

    

(A)        emergency protection orders?

18

 

(B)        interim care orders?

75

 

(C)       final care orders?

75

 

(D)       placement orders?

I can confirm that we hold the information that you have requested. 
However, from our initial consideration of your request, we have estimated
that it will cost more than the ‘appropriate limit’ to consider your
request.

 

Section 12 of the Act allows public authorities to refuse requests for
information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the
appropriate limit, which for local government is set at £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the department holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

 

In this instance we have estimated that it will cost £1250 to provide you
with the required information. This amount is therefore over the
appropriate limit as specified in the regulations and consequently we are
not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act to respond to your request. 
We will not therefore be processing your request further. 

 

(E)        special guardianship orders?

 

I can confirm that we hold the information that you have requested. 
However, from our initial consideration of your request, we have estimated
that it will cost more than the ‘appropriate limit’ to consider your
request.

 

Section 12 of the Act allows public authorities to refuse requests for
information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the
appropriate limit, which for local government is set at £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the department holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

 

In this instance we have estimated that it will cost £1250 to provide you
with the required information. This amount is therefore over the
appropriate limit as specified in the regulations and consequently we are
not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act to respond to your request. 
We will not therefore be processing your request further. 

 

                        And how many have been refused by a court?

                     

I can confirm that we hold the information that you have requested. 
However, from our initial consideration of your request, we have estimated
that it will cost more than the ‘appropriate limit’ to consider your
request.

 

Section 12 of the Act allows public authorities to refuse requests for
information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the
appropriate limit, which for local government is set at £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the department holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

 

In this instance we have estimated that it will cost £3375 to provide you
with the required information. This amount is therefore over the
appropriate limit as specified in the regulations and consequently we are
not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act to respond to your request. 
We will not therefore be processing your request further. 

 

     4. How many S. 47 inquiries were undertaken by the LA? Please break

     down by:

    

          (A)  allegations against parents?

          (B)  allegations against foster careers?

          (C)  allegations against agency staff?

          (D)  allegations against LA staff?

 

 

757  S47s started in the year 2012/13

In order to provide the breakdown  each record would have to be read
individually. I can confirm that we hold the information that you have
requested,.  However, from our initial consideration of your request, we
have estimated that it will cost more than the ‘appropriate limit’ to
consider your request.

Section 12 of the Act allows public authorities to refuse requests for
information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the
appropriate limit, which for local government is set at £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the department holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

In this instance we have estimated that it will cost £1577 to provide you
with the required information.  This amount is therefore over the
appropriate limit as specified in the regulations and consequently we are
not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act to respond to your request. 
However, we are still happy to deal with your request if you pay the fee
as set out in this notice. 

    

     5. Please provide a schedule of the outcomes of the inquiries

     referred to above, in each category, specifying the result of the

     inquiry in each case.

    

            Please see as above.

 

     6. How many children were in the care of the Council at the

     beginning and at the year end?

 

            There were 575 children in care (including asylum seeking
children) as at 31 March 2012.

          There were 541 children in care (including asylum seeking
children) as at 31 March 2013.

    

     7. How many professionals have been referred to LADO and how many

     investigations involved:

    

          46 Referrals

 

          (A)  a S. 47 inquiry?                                         
46

          (B)  a police investigation?                              46

          (C)  allegations that were unfounded?            11 ( (25%)     

    

     Please provide a percentage breakdown of the types of allegations

     investigated.

    

   

 

 

If you have any further queries, or are unhappy with how we have dealt
with your request and wish to make a complaint, please contact the
Feedback and Information Team as below. (Please note you should do this
within two months of receiving this response.)  

 

Feedback and Information Team

River Park House

225 High Road

N22 8HQ

Telephone: 020 8489 2550

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Libby Blake

Director

Children and Young People's Service

48 Station Road

LONDON N22 7TY

 

 

tel.  020 8489 3206

email:  [2][email address]

[3]www.haringey.gov.uk

 

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Ms M Jennings left an annotation ()

I have noticed that you have been refused information regarding the operation of the child protection service. Any child protection service must produce reports from time to time to review its effectiveness.

It seems to me that alternatively you could consider requesting those reports going to the child protection management team. Any sensitive information will need to be redacted of course.

If the child protection service has a computerised database, then the management team will have access to routine child protection management reports which provide this statistical information.

Alastair Patterson left an annotation ()

As an old hand at FOI's, and especially Haringey's evasions, this a bulk standard block.

Section 13 of the act must be exhausted first, i.e. are you willing to pay the additional cost?

A fee notice should have been issued first under section 9(2).

In any event, it does not cost them a penny to deal with. The data is held in what was called the Child Health Surveillance Programme. The system is currently called the Care Management System run the Business Information Division of HMCTS and the CAFCASS Case Management System.

Under this computer system , introduced in 2001 following the "Hall 4" report, it is inconceivable what happens in Haringey ever happens at all. Just as this request discloses, Haringey are determined that nobody should ever realise just how bad they are. We all know but cannot seem to tie them down.

This is a legitimate request by a committed and concerned resident in one of the worst children services areas in a country that has the worst children's services in the developed world. The issue was highlighted in the Overview Report of the Second Serious Case Review of Baby P. No change there then.

Haringey failed to comprehend the refocusing policy in 1995 and Victoria Climbie resulted.

Haringey failed to comprehend Lord Laming's review in 2002 and Baby P followed.

Haringey failed to comprehend Lord Laming's review following Baby P in 2008 and AB ~v~ CD followed.

Haringey do not comprehend the Munro Review of Child Protection and its thrust of allowing the public to understand child protection.

All there is for the public to understand in child protection is how pitifully inadequate the local authorities are and how special Haringey is in that respect.

If it wasn't so tragic it would be a Sit Com.

Alastair