Freedom of information response

Children taken into care

Publication date: 
Tuesday 14 May 2019
Request: 

1.    In the 2018 calendar year how many children were taken into care where there was a recorded concern that the parents/carers were at risk of physical violence from the child? Please state the ages and sexes of any children involved.

Response: 

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.   The data requested is not recorded in a way that is reportable there would be a need to manually go through the records of each child taken into care and read through the narrative within the assessment to see whether this was cited as a risk/concern.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which the council have managed your request you can pursue an independent review by contacting us at information.matters@thurrock.gov.uk and your request will be considered by the Strategic Lead - Information Management who will update you with the outcome. 

You may also wish to refer your case to the Information Commissioner’s Office, details of this organisation can be found at www.ico.org.uk . Alternatively they can be contacted on 0303 123 1113.

Request reference:
FOI 8986