FOI Request - Looked After Children
I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details of looked after children placed in residential children’s homes.
More specifically, I am requesting the following:
1. The total number of looked after children the council currently (as of, or around, today’s date) has Corporate Parenting responsibility for, who are currently placed in residential children’s homes (excluding fostering placements, secure children’s homes, residential special schools registered as children’s homes, children’s homes that provide respite care or short breaks only, and unregulated settings). Please note this definition of children’s homes is the same used by the Department for Education in collating children’s homes data in the Children’s Homes Data Pack.
2. A breakdown of this total showing the number of placements within the local authority, and the number outside the local authority. Example table below:
a) TABLE: Placements within the LA
Home local authority Number of placements
eg Council name x
b) TABLE: Placements outside the LA
Outside local authorities Number of placements
eg Manchester x
eg Sefton x
eg York City x
… and so on x
1. Not held. The definition of what constitutes a Children’s Home for the data package relates to English legislation and is for a purely English dataset. This may not relate to Scotland which has different legislation. Information that is not held falls under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Information not held.
2a) Moray Council - 13
b) Nil. All our placements are out of area for specific reasons of specialised education or developmental needs. Information that is not held falls under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Information not held