Up to date information on the use and costings for residential family centers / mother and baby units.

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Dear Lancashire County Council,

Please could you provide me with a breakdown in costings of what you have paid for the services below in the last 12-month period to current rates for services rendered within a residential family center/ mother and baby Unit:
1) 12-week PAMS assessment
2)12-week family accommodation (cost for mother and baby)
3)Additional costing of additional child (for 12 weeks)
4)Additional cost if father is involved in assessment (12 weeks)
Additionally, could you please inform on how many occasions in the last year 2020, did the
Council
a) Place mothers in a Mother and Baby placement?
b) What was the average length of these placements?
c) What was the average weekly cost of these placements?
d) Does your authority have a preferred placement listing from where you source for mother and baby placements?
e) What percentage of Mothers/ fathers placed are under the age of 18?

Yours faithfully,
Gladys Gwara

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Good afternoon,

 

Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000)

 

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your enquiry of 31.03.21 in which
you request the disclosure of information.

 

We can confirm that your enquiry will now be assigned to an officer who
will commence a search for the information you require and they will
respond in due course. The deadline date for issuing you with a full
response is 30.04.21. We will endeavour to provide a response well in
advance of this date, however, should we envisage any delays, or require
more details from you, we will contact you immediately.

 

If you have any queries about the above, please do not hesitate to contact
us, quoting ref 995.387 (SP).

 

Please note that due to the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic the County
Council's resources are being diverted to cover critical functions and
some employees have had to make changes to their usual working
arrangements.  This means that, despite our best efforts, there may be a
delay in issuing our response to you.  We appreciate that this may cause
some inconvenience but we trust you understand that, in the current
crisis, it is inevitable that some delays may be experienced.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

On Behalf of the Information Governance Team Lancashire County Council PO
Box 78 County Hall Preston

PR1 8XJ

 

 

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Sirs

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your request for information, made under the provisions of the
above Act, please see below our response.

 

Request:

 

Please could you provide me with a breakdown in costings of what you have
paid for the services below in the last 12-month period to current rates
for services rendered within a residential family center/ mother and baby
Unit:

1) 12-week PAMS assessment

2)12-week family accommodation (cost for mother and baby) 3)Additional
costing of additional child (for 12 weeks) 4)Additional cost if father is
involved in assessment (12 weeks) Additionally, could you please inform on
how many occasions in the last year 2020, did the Council

a)         Place mothers in a Mother and Baby placement?

b)         What was the average length of these placements?

c)         What was the average weekly cost of these placements?

d)         Does your authority have a preferred placement listing from
where you source for mother and baby placements?

e)         What percentage of Mothers/ fathers placed are under the age of
18?

 

Response:

 

Please see below information we have been able to obtain from our systems:

 

During the financial year 2020/21 (1^st April 2020 to 31^st March 2021)
Lancashire made 70 separate placements into a Family Assessment Centre.
These placements were used by 63 individuals, so therefore a small number
of individuals had more than one placement within the same year.

 

63 out of the 70 placements made during 2021/21 had ended by 31^st March
2021. The average length of these placements was 84.7 days (12.1 weeks).
29 of these placements had lasted more than 84 days (with the highest
length of stay being 266 days). 32 of these placements had lasted less
than 84 days (with the lowest being 4 days).

 

The average weekly cost for a family assessment centre placement as of
31^st March 2021 was £3,349.

 

Lancashire does not currently have a commissioning arrangement to source
these placements. Placements North West (who act on behalf of 23 NW local
authorities) are currently developing a mechanism to enable the NW LAs to
source these placements. In the meantime, Lancashire's Access to Resources
Team maintains a list of all known family assessment centres and uses this
list as and when requests for such placements are received. New providers
offering such placements are invited to email ART to let them know that
they offer such placements and once relevant checks have been carried out
they would be added to ART's list.

 

Lancashire County Council does not hold information on the kind of
assessments that these placements are undertaking, nor do we hold
information on how many other children are placed or which family member
they are placed with (unless either the other siblings or mother/ father
is also a looked after child). Unfortunately our reporting system would
require a manual trawl of looking through individual records which would
incur a commitment of resources in excess of the limit of £450 set by the
Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004 (SI No. 3244 of 2004), which equates to 18 hours of work.
Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act provides that a public
authority is not obliged to comply with a request where to do so would
exceed such a limit.

 

Due to the nature of the information you are seeking, and the way in which
it is recorded, it is difficult to suggest a way in which your request can
be refined to bring it within the appropriate limit whilst still yielding
meaningful results. 

 

In the event that you wish to complain about the manner in which your
enquiry has been handled, you should write in the first instance to The
Freedom of Information Officer, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78,
County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ, or email
[1][Lancashire County Council request email] and the matter will be referred
to the Head of Information Governance for review and reconsideration.

 

If, after this stage, you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to refer
the matter to the Information Commissioner, whose contact details are as
follows:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 0303 123 1113

Email: [2][email address]

Website: [3]http://www.ico.org.uk

 

If you have any queries regarding any of the above, or you require any
additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

 

[4]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

 

 

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