Freedom of information response

Children in Care

Publication date: 
Friday 28 February 2020
Request: 

1) How many registered children’s homes are operating in the local authority, including private, voluntary and local authority-run homes. Please provide data for each of the last three financial years (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19).

2) How many children’s homes places are available in the local authority area for looked-after children – and how many places go unused
a) each month
b) annually

Please provide data where possible for each of the last 3 financial years. (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19)

3) How many looked-after children were placed by the local authority into temporary accommodation during the year in each year of the last three financial years. (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19). By temporary we mean non permanent accommodation.
a) Where possible also provide the accommodation used – for example, B&Bs, caravans, hostels, barges etc.
b) Where possible please also provide the duration children spent in these placements in days.

4) How many looked-after children were placed by the local authority in registered children’s homes during the year in each of the last 3 financial years. Of those children how many:
a) were placed into accommodation within the authority area
b) were placed into accommodation outside of the authority area
i. For those children placed out of area please provide information on the distances children were placed in miles. For example numbers of children placed 0-10 miles, 11-20 miles, 21-30 miles, 31-40, 41-50 miles, 51-100miles, 100+ miles.

Ideally please use the children's home or school as the starting point for distance.

5) How many looked-after children were placed into unregulated children’s homes accommodation and/or semi-independent children’s homes not subject to children’s homes regulation (H5 accommodation) during the year in each of the past three financial years.
a. Where possible please provide the ages of children at the time of placement in the following
i. Under 16
ii. 16-17
iii. 18

Response: 

1) There are no known registered children’s homes in Thurrock for that time period

2)
a) N/a
b) N/a

3)
a) Fewer than 5

b) Fewer than 5

4 and 5)

CLA placed in registered Children's Homes (K2)

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

No. of children

55

32

29

Placed within LA

0

0

0

Placed outside LA

48

32

29

Placed 0-10 miles

17

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5

Placed 11-20 miles

10

8

6

Placed 21-30 miles

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5

Placed 31-40 miles

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5

Placed 41-50 miles

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5

Placed 51-100 miles

5

5

6

Placed 100+ miles

11

14

10

UASC

5

0

0

CLA placed in unregulated children's Homes (H5)

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

No. of children

0

0

Fewer than 5

Under 16 years

0

0

Fewer than 5

16 - 17 years

0

0

0

18 years

0

0

0

We are unable to provide an exact number for questions 3a,b, 4 and 5 above as:

  • There is a low number involved.

  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act

  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act

  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 9742