The individual number of Children’s Social Care Services

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Letter 4 - 2017

Dear Angus Council,
In accordance with The Freedom Of Information Act [2000] I am requesting the following Information:

For clarity, in all requests, if the response to a specific question is ‘one case’ or ‘two cases, please respond with ‘fewer than three cases’. If the response to a specific question is ‘zero cases’, please say so.

• How many individual referrals to Children’s Social Care Services were made in your Local Authority, involving suspected Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII) and/or Muchausens By Proxy Syndrome (MBPS) in 2017?

• In those referrals involving suspected FII or MBPS in 2017, how are they defined to be genuine cases of FII or MBPS?

• Please provide a breakdown of the overall number of these referrals involving suspected FII or MBPS in 2017, by the type of organisation that made the initial referral, as shown in the table. For the NHS and Local Authority categories, please break down by clinic/department (add rows as required).

Type of Organisation
Clinic or Department
Number of referrals on Grounds of FII or MBPS
NHS

Local Authority

Schools (please do not identify individual schools).

Other (Please describe type of organisation in this case)

• In how many of these referrals involving suspected FII or MBPS in 2017 were, children removed form families and placed for adoption? How many were returned to families? Please specify a figure for each question.

• In each of these referrals were suspected FII or MBPS was not substantiated. How many of these cases were, closed completely with records amended to reflect no FII or MBPS? How many were subject to on-going monitoring? Please specify a figure for each question please.

I look forward to receiving a response to this request within 20 working days from receipt as per section 10 of The Freedom Of Information Act [2000].

Yours faithfully

Mrs C Emery

LEGDEM, Angus Council

Dear Mrs Emery

Thank you for your information request dated 4 April 2018 (received by Angus Council on 5 April 2018).

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Yours sincerely
Brenda Angus

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Brenda Angus | Clerical Officer | Place Directorate | Legal & Democratic Services | Angus Council | Angus House | Orchardbank Business Park | Forfar | DD8 1AN | Tel: 01307 476234 |DX 530678 FORFAR|Email: [email address] ; [Angus Council request email]

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MurrayBM, Angus Council

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Dear Mrs Emery
I refer to your recent freedom of information request. Please find attached our response.
Kind regards
Beverley

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Beverley Murray, Administrative Assistant, People Directorate, Children, Families and Justice, Angus Council, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar, DD8 1AN, Tel 01307 474819

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