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Freedom of Information Request

Looked After Children - April 2021

Received: 4 May 2021

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information regarding Looked After Children (also referred to as LAC, children in care, or children looked after by a local authority)

Please kindly include responses on the attached spreadsheet.
1. Please could you supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for Looked After Children and/or placements in children's care homes.

For questions 2 through 6, please supply the following information for the financial years 2017/18 to 2020/21, and where possible, the budget or most up to date snapshot available for 2021/22.
2. Please provide the total number of children looked after by the local authority.
3. Please provide the local authority's total expenditure on placements for looked after children (q.2).
4. Of the total number of children looked after by the local authority (q.2) please provide the number of placements in children's homes (not including secure units or hostels).
5. Of the number of children looked after by the local authority in children's homes (q.4) please provide the number placed inside the local authority boundary (in area) and the number placed outside the local authority boundary (out of area).
6. Please provide the number of children looked after by the local authority in:
* In placements inside the local authority boundary, in 'own provision' (operated by the local authority)
* In placements outside the local authority boundary, in 'own provision' (operated by the local authority)
* In placements inside the local authority boundary, in 'private provision' (operated by the independent sector)
* In placements outside the local authority boundary, in 'private provision' (operated by the independent sector)
7. Please provide the highest, average, and lowest weekly fee currently paid for LAC in a children's home.
Please do let me know if there is any clarification that I can provide.

Outcome / Documents

  • Response (all information to be supplied) - application/pdf - Download