Freedom of information response

Children and young people in care

Publication date: 
Monday 16 September 2019
Request: 

1. How many children and young people under 18 who were living in independent, supported or semi-supported accommodation (not subject to children’s homes regulations) provided by your authority pursuant to:

(i) s.31 of the Children Act 1989
(ii) s.20 of the Children Act 1989
(iii) s.17 of the Children Act 1989
(iv) the Housing Act 1996

on 31st March in each of the past 3 years (2019, 2018 and 2017).

2. Of the children and young people referred to in Q1, how many were under 16? Please list by year and by category (i),(ii), (iii) and (iv).

3. How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children were living in accommodation provided by your authority pursuant to the Children Act 1989 or Housing Act 1996 on 31st March 2019?

4.  Of the total number referred to in Q3 above, how many were living in independent, supported or semi-supported accommodation (not subject to children’s homes regulations)?

Response: 

1. How many children and young people under 18 who were living in independent, supported or semi-supported accommodation (not subject to children’s homes regulations) provided by your authority pursuant to:

(i) s.31 of the Children Act 1989 – C2 – P2

Year No. of Children
March 2019 6
March 2018 7
March 2017 9

(ii) s.20 of the Children Act 1989 – V2 – P2

Year No. of Children
March 2019 25
March 2018 19
March 2017 41

(iii) s.17 of the Children Act 1989

In issuing our response the council have applied S12 of the Freedom of Information Act. 

This means that the council does not have to comply with your request if the cost of doing so exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’, which for local authorities is 18 hours.  This applies to the time taken spent locating and collating the requested information.  

(iv) the Housing Act 1996

Information not held

on 31st March in each of the past 3 years (2019, 2018 and 2017).

2. Of the children and young people referred to in Q1, how many were under 16? Please list by year and by category (i),(ii), (iii) and (iv).

Year Question No. Under 16
March 2019 (i) 0
  (ii) 0
  (iii) Please see Q1(iii) above
  (iv) Information not held
March 2018 (i) 0
  (ii) 0
  (iii) Please see Q1(iii) above
  (iv) Information not held
March 2017 (i) 0
  (ii) Fewer than 5
  (iii) Please see Q1 (iii) above
  (iv) Information not held

3. How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children were living in accommodation provided by your authority pursuant to the Children Act 1989 or Housing Act 1996 on 31st March 2019?

Information not held

4.  Of the total number referred to in Q3 above, how many were living in independent, supported or semi-supported accommodation (not subject to children’s homes regulations)?

Information not held

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Request reference:
FOI 9334