Freedom of information response

Foster Care

Publication date: 
Tuesday 10 December 2019
Request: 

The number of foster placements made for children looked after by your local authority, with the council’s own fostering provision (i.e. the number of individual placements made, not the number of individual children placed).

The number of foster placements made for children looked after by your local authority, with private or voluntary sector fostering provision (i.e. the number of individual placements made, not the number of individual children placed).

The total amount spent on the council’s own fostering provision

The total amount spent on private and voluntary sector fostering provision.

Please provide this information for each of the last five financial years 2018/19, 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15.

In addition, please provide the names of the three private/ voluntary sector fostering providers with whom you have spent the most in the five year period 2014/15 to 2018/19 inclusive, and the amount spent with each.

Response: 
  2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Q1 - Foster placement (In House) 287 311 273 261 258
Q2 - Foster Placement (IFA) 155 239 291 240 180
Pre Adoptive Placement 19 15 11 23 26
Q3 – Internal Fostering £2,834,227 £2,744,339 £2,473,382 £2,220,344 £2,121,884
Q4 – External Fostering £3,526,908 £3,619,689 £3,915,588 £3,884,390 £3,735,245

5. 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. 

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Request reference:
FOI 9569