Freedom of information response

Childrens Home/Looked After Children Statistics

Publication date: 
Tuesday 21 May 2019
Request: 

1. The number of registered Childrens Homes operated by the Local Authority as at 1st January 2019 and as at 1st January 2018;
2. The number of registered Childrens Homes operated by an Independent (private or voluntary) provider within your Local Authority as at 1st January 2019 and as at 1st January 2018;
 LAC Statistics
 Please advise;
3. The number of current looked after children (LAC);
4. The number of LAC currently placed within Local Authority Childrens homes;
5. The number of LAC currently placed within Independent Childrens homes;
 Framework & Non-Framework Providers & Fees
 
6. In relation to any Frameworks you currently operate with Independent Childrens Home Providers, please provide the following information (including Provider name) about the number of LAC placed with Independent Childrens Homes, the average weekly fee paid for these placements, per type specified and whether the fees include any discounts agreed with said Provider. Please also advise the totals for all placements in each type specified i.e. total average weekly fee & total no of CYP in placement. 
Please use the example format below and return in an excel spreadsheet if possible:
Framework
Name of Provider Average weekly fee (multi-staffing) Average weekly fee (1:1 staffing) Average weekly fee (2:1 staffing) Average weekly fee (solo) Average weekly fee (other) No of CYP in placement (multi-staffing) No of CYP in placement (1:1 staffing) No of CYP in placement (2:1 staffing) No of CYP in placement (solo) No of CYP in placement (other) Discounts Agreed (type & %)
IFA 1 name (example) £ £ £ £ £        e.g long term, volume
IFA 2 name (example) £ £ £ £ £           
Total (of all placements) £ £ £ £ £           
 
7. As per question 6, please provide the same information; however, this time in relation to Non-Framework Providers i.e. where the Local Authority (LA) has placed with Independent Childrens Home Providers using a Spot Purchase mechanism because the Provider is not on a Framework with the LA. Please also advise the totals for all placements in each type specified i.e. total average weekly fee & total no of CYP in placement.
Please use the example format below and return in an excel spreadsheet if possible:
Spot Purchase (non-framework)
Name of Provider Average weekly fee (multi-staffing) Average weekly fee (1:1 staffing) Average weekly fee (2:1 staffing) Average weekly fee (solo) Average weekly fee (other) No of CYP in placement (multi-staffing) No of CYP in placement (1:1 staffing) No of CYP in placement (2:1 staffing) No of CYP in placement (solo) No of CYP in placement (other) Discounts Agreed (type & %)
IFA 1 name (example) £ £ £ £ £        e.g long term, volume
IFA 2 name (example) £ £ £ £ £           
Total (of all placements)

Response: 

1. None

2. 2

 LAC Statistics

 Please advise;

3. 295

4. None

5. 24

 Framework & Non-Framework Providers & Fees

6.

In issuing our response the Council has applied S43 of the Freedom of Information Act.  Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).  A commercial interest relates to a person’s ability to successfully participate in a commercial activity, i.e. the purchase and the sale of goods or services.  Council spend information can be found via the following web link: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/what-we-spend/payments-to-suppliers.

7. 

Please see Question 6 above.

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Request reference:
FOI 8869