Freedom of information response

Semi-Independent Accommodation

Publication date: 
Tuesday 26 November 2019
Request: 

1) The total number of individuals who were placed by the local authority in semi-independent accommodation for each of the last four financial years (including 2018/19)

2) The total number of individuals who were placed by the local authority in semi-independent accommodation outside of the borough or local authority, for each of the last four financial years (including 2018/19)

3) For each of the last four financial years (including 2018/19), how many missing episodes occurred involving individuals placed by the local authority in semi-independent accommodation:

a) in total

b) where the individual was placed outside the borough or local authority

c) where the children were recognised as being at risk from CSE (child sexual exploitation) 

4) Over the last financial year (2018/2019), on how many occasions were individuals who had been placed by the local authority in semi-independent accommodation and went missing during their placement, found to have been sexually assaulted or exploited while they were missing.

Response: 

Please see attached document Appendix A.

We are unable to provide an exact number 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 9538