Statistics & aggregate data for Merton's Children's Service?

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

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Dear Merton 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

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Debbie Maleci, Merton Borough Council

Dear Clive Carter,

 

You recently submitted an FOI request regarding some information from
Children’s Social Care. 

 

I am sorry that we have taken so long to respond to you.  Unfortunately
some of the people we would need to provide this information have been on
leave or unavailable.  We hope to be in a position to respond to your
enquiry very soon and will contact you again then.

 

Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused to you.

 

Debbie Maleci

Business Support Officer

Children Schools & Familes

Merton Council

Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX

Tel: 020-8545 3950

[1]www.merton.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear Debbie Maleci,

Statistics & aggregate data
for Merton's Children's Service
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Thank you for your email of 7 June 2013 to tell me that my FoI request of 11 May 2013 is delayed.

I look forward to a full response to each question on this important subject. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Clive Carter

Debbie Maleci, Merton Borough Council

I am out of the office until 11th June.  For any urgent matters please
contact any member of the CSF Business Support Team.

DEBBIE MALECI
Business Support Officer
020-8545 3950

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Debbie Maleci
Merton Council

Dear Debbie Maleci,

I trust that you have not forgotten about my Freedom of Information Request for statistics relating to Merton's Children's Service.

The statutory period for answer is 20 (twenty) working days and Section 16 of the Act mandates helpfulness on the part of agencies subject to the Act. Perhaps you could give an indication of progress together with an estimate of when a reply can be expected?

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Clive Carter

Debbie Maleci, Merton Borough Council

I am out of the office until 11th July.  For any urgent matters please
contact any member of the CSF Business Support Team.

DEBBIE MALECI
Business Support Officer
020-8545 3950

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Sandra Garvey, Merton Borough Council

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Dear Mr Carter,

 

Please see attached response to your FOI request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sandra

 

 

 

Sandra Garvey

Business Support Manager, Central Business Support Team
Children, Schools & Families Department
10^th floor, Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX
Tel:  020 8545 3631   Fax:  020 8545 3260
[1]www.merton.gov.uk 

 

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Clive Carter left an annotation ()

I thought Merton did well to answer question three questions: 3 (D) (E) and (effectively, F).

By contrast, Haringey Council wanted payment for answering these same three questions: the estimated cost was:

3 (D) £1,250
3 (E) £1,250
3 (F) £3,375

For a total estimated amount of £5,875. Was this supposed (and prohibitive cost) the real reason why Haringey constructively did not answer?