Related FOIs

2884 - Housing adaptations

Details:

Reference Number: 2884
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

1. What was your council’s budget for housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

2. What was your council’s total spend on housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

3. What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17

4. What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

5. How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

6. How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants were accepted by your council, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

7. How many requests for housing adaptations did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

8. How many requests for housing adaptations did your council grant, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

 

Response:

1.

Housing adaptation budget

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£300,000

£474,000

£784,364

£671,393

£539,000

Note
We have interpreted your request for information about housing adaptations as referring to the work funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act rather than work funded from DFGs which is included in the questions below.

 

2.

Housing adaptation spend

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£300,000

£474,000

£627,971

£646,604

£486,090

Note
This table shows information relating to housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.

 

3.

Disabled Facilities Grant spend

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£1,413,558

£1,812,887

£1,635,948

£1,739,584

£1,708,990

Note
We have not answered the duplicated question that follows this one in your original request.

4. Duplicate of Q.3 above.

 

5.

DFG applications (referrals) received

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

385 (see note 2)

618

591

706

Notes
1. We do not hold this information for 2009/10. Prior to August 2010 different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications received September 2010-March 2011.

 

6.  

DFG applications completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

328 (see note 2)

363

297

507

Notes
1. We do not hold this information for 2009/10. Prior to August 2010 different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications completed September 2010-March 2011.

 

DFG applications not completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

93 (see note 2)

455

294

507

Notes
1. We cannot provide a meaningful answer to your request for the number of applications “rejected” as it is not a feature of the formal process for DFG application. The table above shows how many applications did not proceed to completion in the years to which your request relates. Applicants may decide not to proceed for a range of reasons related to their personal circumstances (e.g. they may not want to share their financial data, they may not want the physical disruption of the adaptation, their needs may change or they may no longer live at home). We do not hold this information for 2009/10 . In these years different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications not completed September 2010-March 2011.

7.

Housing adaptations requests

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Applications received

265

464

896

779

878

  Note

This table shows Housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.


8.

Housing adaptations completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Ordered

265

464

682

511

878

Note
This table shows Housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. Housing adaptation requests are not rejected.



2885 - Broadband for schools

Details:

Reference Number: 2885
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

1. How many schools do you currently provide a central Internet service to?

2. Contract renewal date for these establishments?  

3. Services retender date?  
 
4. Notice period a school has to give to change to an alternative provider  

5. Are there any plans to step away from delivering central connectivity service to schools  
in the next 3 years?   

6. Broadband provider e.g. Virgin Media/BT  
a. Connection type e.g. ADSL, FTTC, EFM  
b. Bandwidth e.g. 100Mbps, 10Mbps  

7. What are the different elements that comprise the central connectivity service?  

8. Do you provide access to central systems independent of who the school uses as their
broadband supplier?   

9. How many of your schools are converting to academies or trusts?  

10. If you do not offer a central service do you have any approved partners that you use?  
If so please list the approved partners?

Response:

1. 170

2. The contract runs annually from 1/4 - 31/3, the schools signed up to a 3 year contract on 01/04/2016 but if they don't opt out by 31/03/2019 then it will continue to be renewed annually.

3. BT contract runs to October 2020 with provision for additional 2 years

4. 1 year

5. Not within next 3 years

6. BT
a. FTTC
b. 8 - 20Mbps depends on site

7. BT connectivity for Admin, BT connectivity school internet filtering, Other IT services provided under SLA (DTR)

8. Yes

9. 5

10. Not applicable


2893 - Public Health functions

Details:

Reference Number: 2893
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

1. For the financial year 2015/16, please list methods for assessing the efficacy of the following non-statutory public health functions of the Director of Public Health, including cost-effectiveness, for each of:

Smoking and tobacco – Stop smoking services and interventions
Physical activity – adults
Obesity – adults
Substance misuse - Alcohol misuse

2. Each of these should specify:

Smoking and tobacco – Stop smoking services and interventions – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to reduce or stop smoking. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who reduced their smoking or stopped smoking as a result of the intervention

3. Physical activity – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to lead to the taking up of sport on a regular basis. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who took up sport on a regular basis as a result of the intervention

4. Obesity – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to lead to weight loss. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who have lost weight as a result of the intervention

5. Substance misuse - Alcohol misuse – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to diminish alcohol consumption. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who have reduced their alcohol intake as a result of the intervention

6. Please also list the metric used to determine cost-effectiveness for each of the above four interventions. If a cost-effectiveness metric is not used, please list any alternative methods for each of the above four interventions.

 

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

2895 - Net current expenditure on children's social care in FY14/15

Details:

Reference Number: 2895
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

I am trying to retrieve spending data for the 2014/15 financial year.

Would it be possible to see the net current expenditure on children's social care in FY14/15?

Response:

£35.091m

 


2897 - Children’s residential care homes outsourced to private providers

Details:

Reference Number: 2897
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. I am requesting figures for the number of children’s residential care homes outsourced to private providers in the area under the Council’s Authority.

2. In addition to this I would like to request figures for the number of children in the Local Authority’s jurisdiction at residential care homes which are currently deemed as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ under Ofsted guidelines.

 

Response:

1. None

2. None

 


2898 - Use of Airbnb

Details:

Reference Number: 2898
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. A list of all Airbnb rentals made by your authority so far in 2017, and for 2016

For each record please provide:

a) the first half of the postcode (e.g. BS1, M4)
b) the dates rented
c) the cost, including any extra charges
d) the purpose of the stay

2. How many Airbnb rentals do you currently have on a retainer?

If you have any, for each one please provide the reason(s) why you have them on retainer.

3. How many reports have you received of Airbnb landlords allegedly letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

4. How many fines or other penalties have you levied to Airbnb landlords for letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

 

Response:

We do not use Airbnb rentals.


2899 - SEND and High Needs specialist services

Details:

Reference Number: 2899
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act; it relates to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) / High Needs specialist support services for children and young people funded by your local authority (i.e. Speech and Language, Physical and Sensory Support, Autism Outreach).

For each financial year (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17), please provide:

1. A list of each individual SEND / High Needs service provided by your local authority

2. The number of children/young people supported by each service

3. The total local authority spend on each service

4. If a service closed/reformed during the course of the specified year, please state how it changed (i.e. closed, amalgamated with another service, contract handed to private sector) and the date of closure/reform.

 

Response:

1.  Behaviour Support
Education Psychology
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Speech,Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social,Emotional and Mental Health
Pre-school Education
Sensory Support

 

 

2. The figures below represent the number of children on the caseloads of each LIST Team and from 2016/7 academic year SEND Support Teams. These figures are non-comparable as 2012-2015 do not provide breakdown within SEN Services and are simply a collective of all SEN referrals.

 

 

LIST TEAM

AREA TEAM TOTALS

ANNUAL SERVICE TOTALS

2012/13

LIST CENTRAL

305

1346

 

LIST NORTH

349

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

350

 

 

LIST WEST

342

 

 

 

 

 

2013/14

LIST CENTRAL

310

1473

 

LIST NORTH

461

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

351

 

 

LIST WEST

351

 

 

 

 

 

2014/15

LIST CENTRAL

464

1801

 

LIST NORTH

448

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

458

 

 

LIST WEST

431

 

 

 

 

 

2015/16

LIST CENTRAL

580

2136

 

LIST NORTH

456

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

530

 

 

LIST WEST

570

 

 

SEND SUPPORT TEAMS

2016/17

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

 

 

ASD & SEND BEHAVIOUR SERVICE

 

 

 

SEND COMMUNICATION SUPPORT SERVICE

 

 

769

(314 Statutory/455 Other)

 

626

(281 ASD/331 BEHAVIOUR/14 ASD & BEHAVIOUR)

 

578

(18 EAL/241 LITERACY/319 SPEECH & LANGUAGE)

1973

 

Pre-School Special Education

 

2012-2013     47 children supported

2013-2014     66 children supported

2014-2015     65 children supported

2015-2016     74 children supported

2016-2017     98 children supported

 

Sensory Support  The team work term time only, this information will be forwarded on their return.

 

3. The total local authority spend on each service

 

 

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

 

£

£

£

£

£

Service

 

 

 

 

 

Behaviour Support

348,583

 

 

 

 

EAL

42,797

 

 

 

 

LIST Teams Funded By CC

539,680

 

 

 

 

Education Psychology

622,323

 

 

 

 

Communication

937,495

 

 

 

 

ASD & SEMH

590,852

 

 

 

 

LIST Teams

 

2,617,859

3,032,517

2,889,181

3,116,821

Pre-School Special Education

393,527

378,296

373,596

348,543

350,476

Sensory Support Service

978,365

880,979

857,946

871,840

876,334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,453,622

3,877,134

4,264,060

4,109,564

4,343,631

         
 

4. On 1 September 2016 the Locality Inclusion Support Teams (LIST) were restructured into SEND Support Services which are now broken down into the following disciplines:-

 

·         SEND Communications Support Service

o    Supporting Literacy, Speech and Language and EAL (English as an Additional Language)

·         ASD & SEND Behaviour Services

·         Psychological Services


Inclusion Support Workers who were formerly based in the LIST Teams were re-aligned into the Virtual Schools Team.

 


2901 - Social Work Leadership and Diversity on senior management board

Details:

Reference Number: 2901
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

The definitions in this request relate to the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, in particular when referring to the Director of Adult Social Services or their senior management board (the board)

• The number of Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board Members

• The number that has a social work qualification and are currently registered with the HCPC

• Whether the Director of Adult Social Services has a social work qualification and is currently registered with the HCPC

• Is The Principal Social Worker a board member

• The gender split of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board.

• The ethnicity split as defined by UK Census categories of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board.

 

Response:

1. Northumberland County Council does not have an Adult Social Care Board.

2. Not applicable (see 1 above).

3. The Director of Adult Social Services does not have a social work qualification and is not currently registered with the HCPC.

4. Not applicable (see 1 above).

5. Not applicable (see 1 above).

6. Not applicable (see 1 above).


2903 - Darras Hall County First School redevelopment

Details:

Reference Number: 2903
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved in the DARRAS HALL FIRST SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT Darras Hall County First School, Broadway Darras Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE20 9PN. Scheme comprises Demolition of all existing school buildings and construction of a new two storey primary school. Works will include associated offices, kitchen, floodlit 3G pitch, car parking, sports fields and courts, a modular classroom and associated landscaping.

 

Response:

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information is exempt under section 43 on the basis that it is commercially sensitive. In this case the Authority relies on section 43(2).

Exemption

 

Section 43(2): 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).
 

The reason why the public interest favours withholding the information (OR declining to confirm or deny that it is held) is that contracts have not been signed, no information can be provided.

 


2908 - Children in care accommodation

Details:

Reference Number: 2908
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. Between January 2016 and July 2017, how many children in the care of Northumberland County Council have been temporarily accommodated in a hotel, B&B or guesthouse?

2. Between January 2016 and July 2017, how much money has Northumberland County Council spent in putting children in its care up in hotels, B&Bs or guesthouses?

3. Can I have a list of all the hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses which Northumberland County Council has used as temporary accommodation for children in care between January 2016 and July 2017?

 

Response:

1. Less than 5 - due to low number(s) child(ren) could be identifiable.

2. N/A

3. N/A

 


2909 - School holiday absence

Details:

Reference Number: 2909
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

Please can you provide answers to the following questions in relation to children being taken out of school to go on holiday during term-time.

1) Are children allowed to be taken out of school in term time by a parent / guardian to go on holiday?

2) If a child is taken out of school to go on holiday and it is marked as an unauthorised absence will a fine be issued?

3) What is the structure of fine. Eg £x per day/week per parent? Please clarify if the fine is per child or per parent.

4) Who decides if a fine should be issued – the LA / school?

5) How many fines for unauthorised absences have been issued by your local authority in each of the following academic years.

2013/2014
2014/2015
2015/2016
2016/2017

6) In each of the following academic years how many of these fines led to a prosecution?

2013/2014
2014/2015
2015/2016
2016/2017

 

Response:

1) The discretion to authorise leave if there are “exceptional circumstances” is made by the head teacher. Parents do not have an automatic right to withdraw their child from school.

2) Whether to make an application to the Local Authority for a fixed penalty notice (FPN) following a period of unauthorised leave of absence (LOA) to be issued is at the discretion of the headteacher.

3) The Fines are for the holiday as a whole as within the DfE guidelines. Fixed Penalty Notices are issued to each parent for each child.

4) It is at the Headteacher’s discretion as to whether a case should be referred to the Local Authority for an FPN to be issued.

 

On receipt of a referral the Local Authority will consider the application and, if appropriate, issue the FPN taking into account current case law and guidance and will apply the code of the conduct. However, if the Local Authority are of the opinion that a FPN should not be issued then the school will be informed accordingly.

5)
2013/2014 218
2014/2015 283
2015/2016 248
2016/2017 232

6)
2013/2014 14
2014/2015 51
2015/2016 41
2016/2017 20

 


2917 - Naloxone provision

Details:

Reference Number: 2917
Request Date: 04/08/2017

Question:

I submit this request for specific information regarding Naloxone provision in the Northumberland Health and Wellbeing Board area of responsibility. Given the tragic increase of opioid and fentanyl related deaths in the United Kingdom, we are seeking this specific information to map out Naloxone provision in England and to facilitate overdose prevention initiatives. This information is sought under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA 2000).

1. According to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) data, how many opiate clients were in treatment between 31st March 2016 and 1st April 2017?

2. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and/or Coroners statistics, how many deaths related to drug poisoning (as defined by the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-9 and ICD-10) were registered in 2015 where any opioid was mentioned on the death certificate?

3. Is Take-home Naloxone (THN) currently provided? If THN is currently provided, please proceed to respond to

Questions 4-14.

4. Was the term ‘Naloxone’ specifically included in the most recent tender document when commissioning for any drug and/or alcohol services?

5. Who is responsible for purchasing Naloxone?

6. How many Naloxone kits were purchased by responsible persons/bodies (see Question 5) in each financial year since 2014/15?

7. Are there any concrete plans to repurchase Naloxone in the next financial year (between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018)?

8. Who is currently directly providing Take-home Naloxone (THN) kits?

9. Have THN providers received training on how to train THN recipients to administer Naloxone? If such training has been provided, please proceed to respond to sub-questions a-b.
a. Which groups received such training?
b. Which organisation(s) and/or individual(s) delivered such training?

10. Who is currently provided with THN kits?

11. Do individuals eligible to receive THN kits (see Question 11) have to fulfil any requirements in order to receive THN kits?

12. What is the maximum number of THN kits an individual can receive at the point of access, if any?

13. How many THN kits were dispensed in the community in each financial year since 2014/15?

14. What recording and/or monitoring practices have been put in place regarding Naloxone, if any?

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

2918 - Care assessments

Details:

Reference Number: 2918
Request Date: 07/08/2017

Question:

1. What is the average length of time between a referral being received and a social care assessment being completed for older people aged 65 and over a) in hospitals awaiting discharge and b) living in the community in each of the following years:
a) 2012/13
b) 2013/14
c) 2014/15
d) 2015/16
e) 2016/17
f) 2017/18 to 01/08/17

2. How many older people aged 65 and over in hospitals awaiting discharge waited more than 72 hours for a social care assessment to be completed, breaking the government’s deadline, in each of the following years:
a) 2015/16
b) 2016/17
c) 2017/18 to 01/08/2017

Please also express this as a percentage of all older people receiving assessments

3. What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over for a social care assessment once they’ve been referred to the council, and why, for the period 1st January 2016 – 1 August 2017?

4. What is the average length of time between the completion of a social care assessment for older people aged 65 and over and the implementation of a care package for each of the following years:
A. 2012/13
B. 2013/14
C. 2014/15
D. 2015/16
E. 2016/17
F. 2017/18 to 01/08/2017

5. What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over from the time their social care assessment was completed and a care package was put in place, and why, from 1st January 2016 and 1 August 2017?

6. What is the total number of social care assessments for older people aged 65 and over that were completed by your local authority in each of the following years:
A. 2012/13
B. 2013/14
C. 2014/15
D. 2015/16
E. 2016/17
F. 2017/18 to 01/08/2017

 

Response:

1. We do not hold the information that would enable us to answer this question. The requirement to record the length of time from first contact to completed assessment was ended in 2012/13, and we have taken the view that this is not a meaningful way to measure the timeliness of our response, because of the variety of different ways in which people make contact with social care and related health services, and the variety of forms of assessment which take place.

 

2. a) 2015/16 - 0

(We have taken this question to refer to breaches of the requirements of the Care and Support (Discharge of Hospital Patients) Regulations 2014.)

b) 2016/17 - 0
c) 2017/18 to 01/08/2017 - 0

Percentage of all older people receiving assessments - 0%.

 

3. As explained in our response to Question 1, we do not now record assessments in the manner assumed by the question. We are confident that we respond rapidly to requests for social care assessments.

 

4. We do not hold the information that would enable us to answer this question. The requirement to record the length of time between the completion of a social care assessment for older people aged 65 and over and the implementation of a care package ended in 2010/11, and we have taken the view that this is not a useful measure, because of the variety of reasons why there may be a gap in time between an assessment and the care arrangements resulting from it. There are also many cases where urgent care arrangements are put in place before a full assessment has been completed.

 

5. Not applicable – see the answer to question 4 above.

 

6. A. 2012/13 - 3,210
B. 2013/14 - 2,811
C. 2014/15 - 3,062
D. 2015/16 - 3,101
E. 2016/17 - 3,219
F. 2017/18 to 01/08/2017 - 902

Notes
1. The statutory definition of an assessment changed from April 2015, as a result of the implementation of the Care Act 2014. The statistics above aim to achieve as much consistency as possible between years in what is counted, but they are not wholly comparable. We are also continuing to make changes to our arrangements based on our experience of the new framework created by the Care Act, aiming to reduce the number of cases in which we carry out full needs assessments under the Act in circumstances where other responses would meet a person's needs equally well. For example the Act provides that urgent needs, including support during a terminal illness, can be met without carrying out the full assessment process designed to enable people to make long-term plans for living well with a disability.
2. The figures given above exclude referrals which were closed within 28 days of being received.

 


2924 - Charges for social care

Details:

Reference Number: 2924
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

1. In your local authority, on the latest date for which figures were available, how many people paid charges for social care, including those who pay for:
- home care
- day care
- community alarms
- other non-residential community care services?
(please give separate figures for each category)

2. How people are currently in arrears of payment of their social care charges?

3. How many people currently have debt management procedures commenced against them by your authority for non payment of social care charges?

4. How many people have been taken to court to enforce non payment of social care changes in 2016/17 and 2015/16?

 

Response:

1. As at 31 March 2017 1,400 people paid charges for residential social care services.

As at 31 March 2017 1,544 people paid charges for non-residential social care services, including home care, day care and other non-residential community care services. A single means-tested charge is made for a package of care and support services provided to each person, so it is not possible to give separate figures for each type of service.

As at May 2017 there were 1,599 people who paid charges for community alarms supplied by the Council's telecare service. However in most cases these were not provided as a social care service (and there are a number of other providers of telecare services operating in Northumberland, often providing a similar service with similar charges).

 

2. 373 people were in arrears of payment of their social care charges (as at July 2017).

 

3. Debt management procedures had been commenced with an external agency for 7 people as at July 2017 (the same date as the information in the previous question). This number fluctuates over time and there are now (as at 4 September) 10 people who have been referred to external debt recovery procedures.
 

4. One person was taken to court in 2015/16, a case which has not yet concluded.

 


2927 - Organisational Structure Chart for all of the Head of Educational psychology Department

Details:

Reference Number: 2927
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart for all Head of Educational Psychology Department including all manager NAMES, contact details and job titles.

 

Response:

The structure chart in September is as follows-

Paula Hesford (SEND Manager for Psychological Services)
Katinka Bryan (Senior Educational Psychologist)
8.3 FTE Maingrade Educational Psychologists.
1 Trainee Educational Psychologist.
Contact phone number: 01670 624813

 


2932 - Fire Safety Costs

Details:

Reference Number: 2932
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

Q.1 I'd like to know the cost of all work undertaken to check buildings for fire safety, including testing of cladding components, following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017.

Where possible, I'd like this to be broken down into costs by type - for example, costs incurred due to sending cladding for testing, costs incurred through inspections and costs incurred through remedial works.

Q.2 If any additional costs have been paid due to relocation of residents (in hotel rooms or other temporary accommodation), please include and specify this as well.

Q.3 In the case of ongoing works please simply include the budget set aside for the project(s).

Q.4 Please include all costs even if the money is to be paid back by or has already been reimbursed from central government (for example, the DCLG).

 

Response:

Q.1 Please see the table below.

 

No of Jobs

Total hours

Cost

RR2017

260

222.28

4062.16

Crew visuals

410

102.5

 

assisted living insp

76

57

 

The inspections have been broken down into the three areas, RR 2017 being those carried out by the FS inspection team, Crew visuals being the checks carried out by crews in the initial phase (worked on an average of 15 minutes per check) and the assisted living visits carried out by crews (worked on an average of 45 minutes per visit. We do not have the costs for the latter two categories as we cannot establish whether crews went out with the appliance or whether they were carried out with lesser numbers in the station van. The RR 2017 visits have been costed accurately by duration and officer pay scale.

No costs have been incurred by NFRS FS department through the testing of external cladding materials or remedial works.

Q.2 No costs have been incurred in this area

Q.3 No additional budget has been identified.

Q.4 We are not sure what the plan is at present regarding the possible claiming back of costs from Central Government.


2937 - School staffing protocol

Details:

Reference Number: 2937
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

Further to FoI 2859

I request to be sent the staffing protocol which was agreed across the affected schools and, secondly, as a total figure how many of the affected staff from the four middle schools have been able to secure employment in the continuing schools in the Alnwick Partnership?

 

Response:

28 employees from the 4 affected middle school have secured employment within schools in the Alnwick partnership.

See attachment.

 


2941 - Over capacity Schools

Details:

Reference Number: 2941
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

·How many primary schools in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017?

·How many secondary schools in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017?

 

Response:

See attachment.

 

Within the County the greatest pressure points in relation to school places are located in the south-east sector of the county; this is the most populated area of Northumberland. This pressure is arising because of an increase in population in some areas, such as Blyth, and/or an increase in new house building in other areas, such as Morpeth. Where genuine population is increasing, additional places will be needed on a permanent basis, whereas increases in housing such as in Morpeth are creating a more temporary pressures on places.
There is some evidence emerging that some schools have now reached their capacity and measures have been set in place to increase accommodation in those schools where the pressure is immediately apparent.

There is evidence that some partnerships , for example Berwick are feeling the impact of inward migration in both early years and first schools.

There is a continuing thrust within some school partnerships towards educational reorganisation from three tier (first, middle and high schools) to two tier (primary and secondary schools). This has, in certain partnerships, led to a situation where a partnership (of schools) may have a mixture of two or three tier schools.

Where schools are over their Published Admission Number (PAN) this can be due to the ability of the school at that time to admit above the PAN or through successful appeals to an independent appeal panel (whose decision to admit a child over the PAN is binding on all parties).

It should be noted that the local authority has a duty to meet parental preference wherever possible and if there are school places available, wherever they are available, then a place must be given at the school.

In Northumberland the number of applicants offered their first preference on national offers day for September 2017 was: Primary 97.2% and Secondary 97.6%

 


Attachments:

2942 - Pet policies re social housing and sheltered accommodation

Details:

Reference Number: 2942
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

Local Authority-provided social housing


Including homes managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management Organisations’ but not including sheltered accommodation (dealt with in section 3) or homes provided through Housing Associations
 

Question One
Are the social homes your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation or homes provided through Housing Associations)…

 

- Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
- In your ALMO-managed social homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
- In your TMO-managed social homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A

 

Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to
social homes?  If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed FoI form.  If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give social tenants around owning and keepings pets.
☐ Yes ☐ No

 

Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
- Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) Number: ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their social homes.
- Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐ Yes ☐ No

 

Question Three
Does your Local Authority have a policy / procedure for dealing with cats that have been
abandoned or left behind in one of your properties? ☐ Yes ☐ No
Does your Local Authority offer or promote any kind of low-cost neutering
scheme for cat owners, either yourselves or through an animal welfare charity?
☐ Yes, we offer a scheme
☐ Yes, we promote a charity scheme
☐ No
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary
conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any
multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided social homes) ☐ Yes ☐ No
If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly provided
social homes) Number: ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Four
How many social homes does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation or homes
provided through Housing Associations)
If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.
Number or Estimate: ☐ None
Comment

 

Section three: Local Authority-provided sheltered accommodation
Including sheltered accommodation managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management
Organisations’ but not including housing provided through Housing Associations
Question One
Is the sheltered accommodation your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation provided
through Housing Associations)…
Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
In your ALMO-managed sheltered homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
In your TMO-managed sheltered homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to
sheltered accommodation?
If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed
FoI form.
If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give
social tenants around owning and keepings pets.
☐ Yes ☐ No
Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) Number: ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their sheltered homes.
Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐ Yes ☐ No
Comment

 

Question Three
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary
conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any
multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided sheltered accommodation) ☐ Yes ☐ No
If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly provided
sheltered accommodation) Number: ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Four
How much sheltered accommodation does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation
provided through Housing Associations)
If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.
Number or Estimate: ☐ None
Comment

 

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

2954 - Children in need 2016/17

Details:

Reference Number: 2954
Request Date: 15/08/2017

Question:

Children in need 16 and 17 and other vulnerabilities

 

1. In your local authority area how many children aged 16 and 17 were a) children in need (including children on child protection plan); b) looked after children on 31 March 2017?

 

2. In your local authority area how many children aged 16 and 17 were a) children in need (including children on child protection plan); b) looked after children at any point in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017? a) Children in need b) Children on child protection plan c) Looked after children Aged 16 Aged 17

 

3. In your local authority area: How many children aged 16 and 17 on 31 March 2017 were in: Full time education Work based learning Employer funded training Other education and training Not in education or training – in employment Not in employment, education or training.

How many Children in need, including children on child protection plans aged 16 and 17 on 31 March 2017 were in: Full time education Work based learning Employer funded training Other education and training Not in education or training – in employment Not in employment, education or training.

How many looked after children children aged 16 and 17 on 31 March 2017 were in: Full time education Work based learning Employer funded training Other education and training Not in education or training – in employment Not in employment, education or training.

 

4. In your local authority area: On 31 March 2017 how many children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent: No passes No passes above grade D No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math.

On 31 March 2017 how many children in need, including children on child protection plans aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent: No passes No passes above grade D No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math.

On 31 March 2017 how many looked after children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent: No passes No passes above grade D No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math.

 

5. In your local authority area: How many of 16 and 17 year olds who were children in need, including children on child protection plans, at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 were: Arrested at any point in their lives Received an Anti-social behavioural order (ASBO) at any point in their lives.
How many of 16 and 17 year olds who were looked after children at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 were: Arrested at any point in their lives Received an Anti-social behavioural order (ASBO) at any point in their lives.

 

6. How many young adults currently aged 18 to 20 in your local authority area were:

A Child in Need when aged 16 or 17.

A child on Child Protection Plan when aged 16 or 17.

Looked after child when aged 16 or 17.

 

7. How many young adults aged 18-20 claimed housing benefit at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

How many of these young adults were at any point:

i. Children in need, including children on child protection plans when they were 16 or 17?

ii. Looked after children when they were 16 or 17?

 

8. How many young adults aged 18-20 presented as homeless to the local authority at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

How many of these were, at any point:

i. Children in need, including children on child protection plans when they were 16 or 17:

ii. Looked after children when they were 16 or 17:

 

9. How many of young adults aged 18-20 were NEET (not in education, employment or training) at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

How many of these young adults were, at any point:

i. Children in need, including children on child protection plans when they were 16 or 17:

ii. Looked after children when they were 16 or 17:

 

Response:

​The time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. However we have been able to respond to question 4 within the timescale, please see attached.

On 31 March 2017 how many children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent:
On 31 March 2017 how many children in need, including children on child protection plans aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent:
On 31 March 2017 how many looked after children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent:

No passes

101 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
37 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
4 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)
No passes above grade D

373 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
89 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
15 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)

 

No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths

117 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
57 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
7 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)

 

Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math

276 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
78 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
14 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)


2955 - Children in need 2016/17

Details:

Reference Number: 2955
Request Date: 15/08/2017

Question:

Scale of referrals and decisions on referrals
 

1. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of children by the age groups as in the table below who: a) were referred to your local authority’s children’s services; b) were referred to your local authority’s children’s services but after initial consideration no further action was taken c) were referred and proceeded to be assessed as children in need as specified in the Working together guidance; d) referred, assessed but closed after assessment with no further action
 

a) Total referred to social services
b) Total referred but after initial consideration no further action was taken
c) referred and assessed as children in need
d) referred, assessed and closed after assessment with no further action

 

Under 1
Age 1-4
Age 5-9
Age 10-13
Age 14
Age 15
Age 16
Age 17

 

16-17 year olds children in need
 

2. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide a total number of children aged 16 and 17 who were children in need at any point during that period of time.
 

3. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide a breakdown by gender and ethnicity of 16-17 year olds who were children in need at any point during that period of time.
 

Ethnicity

Females 16 and 17
Males 16 and 17
Total unknown gender 16 and 17
Total

 

White
Mixed
Asian or Asian British
Black or Black British
Other ethnic group

 

4. In a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a total number of children aged 16 and 17 who were children in need at any point during that period of time by duration of their child in need plan.
16 year old

17 year old
 

a) Under 3 months
b) 3 to 6 months
c) 6 to 12 months
d) Over a year

 

5. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a total number of children who ceased to be children in need at any point during that period of time and were:
Age 14
Age 15
Age 16 and 17

 

6. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a breakdown of reasons for closure of CIN cases in relation to 16 and 17 year olds.
 

Description (CIN code)

16 year olds

17 year olds

Total 16 and 17
year olds

 

Adopted (RC1)
Died (RC2)
Child arrangement order (RC3)
Special guardianship order (RC4)
Transferred to services of another local authority (RC5)
Transferred to adult social services (RC6)
Services ceased for any other reason, incl child no longer in need (RC7)
Case closed after assessment, no further action (RC8)

 

7. Is there is a policy in your local authority on how children in need’s transition to adulthood is planned? Please share the policy document with us.
 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds and their previous involvement with children’s services
 

8. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of children referred to social services who were a) re-referrals within the 12 months of previous referral; b) re-referrals within the 24 months of previous referral
 

a) Referrals that were within the 12 months of previous referral
b) Referrals that were within the 24 months of previous referral but not within the 12 month of current referral Total

 

Age 16
Age 17
Total 16-17

 

9. In the year from April 2016 to March 2017 please provide the number of children in need aged 16-17 who were looked after by local authority by less than 13 weeks prior from the age of 14 to their 16th birthday.
 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds by source of referral
 

10. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 who were referred to your local authority’s children’s services by source of referral codes as in the Children in Need Census.
 

CIN code for the source of referral
All children 0-117 (inclusive)
Children aged 16-17 only

 

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL (Family
member, relative or carer)
1B ‘INDIVIDUAL (Acquaintance)
1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)
1D ‘INDIVIDUAL ’Other’
2A ‘SCHOOLS’
2B Education services
3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)
3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Health visitor)
3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (School nurse)
3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other primary health services)
3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)
3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other)
4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority housing or housing association)
5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)
5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other internal)
5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other external)
6 POLICE
7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY
8 OTHER
9. ANONYMOUS
10. UNKNOWN

 

11. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 who were referred and assessed as children in need by source of referral codes as in the Children in Need Census.
 

CIN code for the source of referral
All children 0-18 Children aged 16-17 only

 

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Family member, relative or carer)
1B ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Acquaintance)
1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)
1D ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Other)
2A ‘SCHOOLS’
2B Education services
3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)
3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Health visitor)
3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (School nurse)
3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other primary health services)
3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)
3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other)
4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority housing or housing association)
5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)
5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other internal)
5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other external)
6 POLICE
7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY
8 OTHER
9. ANONYMOUS
10. UNKNOWN

 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds primary category of need
 

12. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 by the primary need identified on assessments:
 

Number of children in need 16 and 17 year olds
 

N1. Abuse or neglect
N2. Child’s disability
N3. Parental Disability or Illness
N4. Family in acute stress
N5. Family dysfunction
N6. Socially unacceptable behaviour
N7. Low income
N8. Absent parenting
N9. Cases other than children in need
N10. Not stated

 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds by factors identified in assessments
 

13. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of CIN assessments (of all children and children 16 and 17 year old separately) which have recorded information on the factors identified in assessments.
Number of CIN assessments of children 0 to 17 (inclusive) with recorded information on factors identified in assessments
Number of CIN assessments of children 16 and 17 with recorded information on factors identified in assessments

 

14. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please state how often the factors listed were identified in assessments – for all children (aged 0-17), and specifically for children aged 16-17.
a) Total number of factors identified in CIN assessment of children 0-18
b) Number of factors identified in assessments of 16-17 year olds:

 

1A. Alcohol misuse (by the child)
1B. Alcohol misuse (by parent or carer)
1C. Alcohol misuse (another person in household)
2A. Drug misuse (by the child)
2b. Drug misuse (by parent/carer)
2c. Drug misuse (by another person in household)
3a. Domestic violence (child the subject)
3b. Domestic violence (parent or carer the subject)
3c. Domestic violence (another person)
4a. Mental health (child’s)
4b. Mental health (parent’s)
4c.Mental health (other’s)
5a. Learning disability (child’s)
5b. Learning disability (parent’s)
5c. Learning disability (other’s)
6a. Physical disability or illness (child’s)
6b. Physical disability or illness (parent’s)
6c. Physical disability or illness (other’s)
7a. Young carer
8b and 8c. Privately fostered (overseas children)
8d-8e. Privately fostered (UK children).
9a. UASC
10A. Missing
11A. CSE
12A. Trafficking
13A. Gangs
14A. Socially unacceptable behaviour
15A. Self-harm
16A. Abuse or neglect - neglect
17A. Abuse or neglect – emotional abuse
18a. Abuse or neglect – physical abuse
19a. Abuse or neglect –sexual abuse
20. Other
21. No factors identified
22A.FGM
23A. Abuse linked to faith or belief

 

16 and 17 year olds Section 47 inquiries and Child Protection Plan
 

15. How many children aged 16 and 17 were subject to Section 47 Enquiries in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?
 

16. How many children aged 16 and 17 were subject of an initial stage child protection conference in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?
 

17. How many children aged 16 and 17:
Became the subject of a Child Protection plan at any point in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?
Were subject of a Child Protection plan in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

 

18. Of all children aged 16 and 17 who became a subject of a Child Protection plan in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, how many have previously been subject of child in need plan or child protection plan?
 

16 and 17 year olds who became looked after
 

19. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 who started to be looked after by local authority.
 

20. In a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a breakdown by legal status for children aged 16 and 17 who started to be looked after by local authority in that year
Interim care order
Full care order
Placement order
Accommodated under Section 20
Detained on child protection grounds in LA
accommodation
Youth justice legal statuses

 

21. In a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number children aged 16 and 17 whose application for care order was not successful.

 

Response:

1.

 

a) Total referred to social services

b) Total referred but after initial consideration no further action was taken

c) Referred and assessed as children in need

d) referred, assessed and closed after assessment with no further action

Under 1

420

3

416

48

Age 1-4

696

4

690

91

Age 5-9

851

4

843

110

Age 10-13

640

5

632

77

Age 14

175

0

175

21

Age 15

190

4

186

20

Age 16

182

2

178

28

Age 17

141

1

140

20

 

2. 649

 

3.

Ethnicity

Females 16 and 17

Males 16 and 17

Total unknown gender 16 and 17

Total

White

297

333

0

630

Mixed

6

4

0

10

Asian or Asian British

3

2

0

5

Black or Black British

0

1

0

1

Other ethnic group

0

3

0

3

 

4.

 

16 year old

17 year old

a) Under 3 months

127

126

b) 3 to 6 months

59

55

c) 6 to 12 months

42

22

d) Over a year

111

115

 

5.

Age 14

144

Age 15

189

Age 16 and 17

313

 

6.

Description (CIN code)

16 year olds

17 year olds

Total 16 and 17 year olds

Adopted (RC1)

0

0

0

Died (RC2)

0

0

0

Child arrangement order (RC3)

0

0

0

Special guardianship order (RC4)

0

0

0

Transferred to services of another local authority (RC5)

1

0

1

Transferred to adult social services RC6)

1

0

1

Services ceased for any other reason, incl child no longer in need (RC7)

128

109

237

Case closed after assessment, no further action (RC8)

51

60

111

 

7.  Not answered

 

8.

 

a) Referrals that were within the 12 months of previous referral

b) Referrals that were within the 24 months of previous referral but not within the 2 month of current referral

Total

Age 16

55

   

Age 17

46

   

Total 16-17

101

   

9. Not answered

 

10.

CIN code for the source of referral

All children 0-117 (inclusive)

Children aged 16-17 only

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL (Family
member, relative or carer)

513

88

1B ‘INDIVIDUAL (Acquaintance)

0

0

1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)

3

2

1D ‘INDIVIDUAL ’Other’

263

31

2A ‘SCHOOLS’

946

130

2B Education services

19

3

3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)

106

6

3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Health visitor)

183

10

3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(School nurse)

39

6

3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other primary health services)

421

24

3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)

262

36

3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other)

85

7

4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority
housing or housing association)

37

5

5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)

804

82

5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other
internal)

208

26

5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other
external)

0

0

6 POLICE

971

119

7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY

133

14

8 OTHER

231

15

9. ANONYMOUS

135

10

10. UNKNOWN

   
 

11.

CIN code for the source of referral

All children 0-18

Children aged 16-17 only

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL (Family
member, relative or carer)

278

52

1B ‘INDIVIDUAL (Acquaintance)

0

0

1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)

0

0

1D ‘INDIVIDUAL ’Other’

143

17

2A ‘SCHOOLS’

637

76

2B Education services

13

2

3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)

90

6

3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Health visitor)

109

2

3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(School nurse)

23

3

3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other primary health services)

261

10

3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)

186

29

3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other)

64

4

4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority
housing or housing association)

15

3

5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)

503

58

5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other
internal)

129

21

5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other
external)

0

0

6 POLICE

657

89

7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY

99

13

8 OTHER

157

13

9. ANONYMOUS

94

7

10. UNKNOWN

0

0

 

12.

 

Number of children in need 16 and 17 years old

N1. Abuse or neglect

42

N2. Child’s disability

16

N3. Parental Disability or illness

2

N4. Family in acute stress

 

N5. Family dysfunction

 

N6. Socially unacceptable behaviour

47

N7. Low income

 

N8. Absent parenting

 

N9. Cases other than children in need

 

N10. Not stated

 
 

13.

Number of CIN assessments of children 0 to 17 (inclusive) with recorded information on factors identified in assessments

3482

Number of CIN assessments of children 16 and 17 with recorded information on factors identified in assessments

413

 

14.

 

a) Total number of factors identified in CIN assessment of children 0-18

b) Number of factors identified in assessments of 16-17 year olds

1A. Alcohol misuse (by the child)

22

10

1B. Alcohol misuse (by parent or carer)

302

33

1C. Alcohol misuse (another person in household)

13

4

2A. Drug misuse (by the child)

27

13

2b. Drug misuse (by parent/carer)

137

5

2c. Drug misuse (by another person in household)

21

3

3a. Domestic violence (child the subject)

125

19

3b. Domestic violence (parent or carer the subject)

220

15

3c. Domestic violence (another person)

6

0

4a. Mental health (child’s)

164

31

4b. Mental health (parent’s)

203

8

4c.Mental health (other’s)

15

2

5a. Learning disability (child’s)

129

14

5b. Learning disability (parent’s)

14

0

5c. Learning disability (other’s)

1

1

6a. Physical disability or illness (child’s)

23

2

6b. Physical disability or illness (parent’s)

17

2

6c. Physical disability or illness (other’s)

3

1

7a. Young carer

3

0

8b and 8c. Privately fostered (overseas children)

0

0

8d-8e. Privately fostered (UK children)

1

0

9a. UASC

0

0

10A. Missing

64

22

11A. CSE

101

27

12A. Trafficking

3

3

13A. Gangs

2

1

14A. Socially unacceptable behaviour

272

47

15A. Self-harm

146

44

16A. Abuse or neglect - neglect

374

14

17A. Abuse or neglect – emotional abuse

230

12

18a. Abuse or neglect – physical abuse

162

10

19a. Abuse or neglect –sexual abuse

93

6

20. Other

270

27

21. No factors identified

314

37

22A.FGM

0

0

23A. Abuse linked to faith or belief

3

0

 

15. 96

 

16. 26

 

17.

Became the subject of a Child Protection plan at any point in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

12

Were subject of a Child Protection plan in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

34

 

18. 3

 

19. 15

 

20.

Interim care order

 

Full care order

2

Placement order

 

Accommodated under Section 20

12

Detained on child protection grounds in LA accommodation

1

Youth justice legal statuses

 
 

21.  Not answered

 

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450 hence the reason why some responses have been omitted.

 


2956 - Leaving Care Team

Details:

Reference Number: 2956
Request Date: 16/08/2017

Question:

I would be grateful if you would supply the following information, please, relating to your authority’s Leaving Care team.

1. What was the budget for your authority’s Leaving Care team for each of these financial years: 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17?
2. How many Personal Adviser FTE and PTE posts were there for each of the three above financial years?
3. How many individuals were employed by your authority as Personal Advisers during each of these three years?
4. Were any employment agencies used to fill these posts during each of these three years? If so, how many posts for each year? What was the total spend with agencies for these roles for each year?

 

Response:

1.
2014/15 budget: Leaving Care Payments £212,890 Leaving Care staffing £386,090
2015/16 budget: Leaving Care Payments £217,820 Leaving Care staffing £378,340
2016/17 budget: Leaving Care Payments £219,160 Leaving Care staffing £617,810

2.
Within Northumberland we do not use the term personal advisor. Young people are supported by social workers and social work support assistants

 

2014/2015 - FTE = 7 PTE = 3
2015/2016 - FTE = 7 PTE = 3
2016/2017 - FTE = 9 PTE = 1

 

However, please note that above staff work with young people who are LAC, child in need and new referrals that require assessment. Staff do not just hold a leaving care caseload.

3. Please see breakdown above

4.
2 in 2016/2017


2014/15 nil
2015/16 13,556
2016/17 52,996

 


2964 - Behavioural Assessment

Details:

Reference Number: 2964
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

Your SEND team conducted a behavioural assessment on a young person, at Bothal Upper School Ashington.  Following this report your team recommended several changes that should be adopted by Bothal School to assist the inclusion of the young person in mainstream schooling. Please forward a copy of any report either from your team or the school which includes any advised recommendations or actions that were recommended.

Also a copy of the minutes of the meeting where it was discussed that the young person would no longer be catered for in mainstream schooling.

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council neither confirms nor denies whether we hold information relating to your request. Any information that we may hold would be accessible under the right of access under the Data Protection Act. Our Subject Access Information Pack can be download from our website (via the Data Protection webpage) which provides details on how to make such an application.

Exemptions

 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that some information is exempt under section 40, on the basis that it is personal information. In this case the Authority relies on section 40.

Section 40 - Personal information .

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if- (a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1), and (b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is- (a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would
contravene- (i) any of the data protection principles, or (ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress), and (b) in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public authorities) were disregarded.

(4) The second condition is that by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(c) of that Act (data subject's right of access to personal data).

(5) The duty to confirm or deny- (a) does not arise in relation to information which is (or if it were held by the public authority would be) exempt information by virtue of subsection (1), and (b) does not arise in relation to other information if or to the extent that either- (i) the
giving to a member of the public of the confirmation or denial that would have to be given to comply with section 1(1)(a) would (apart from this Act) contravene any of the data protection principles or section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of that Act were disregarded, or (ii) by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(a) of that Act (data subject's right to be informed whether personal data being processed).


2965 - Lost Property

Details:

Reference Number: 2965
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

1. What were the top 10 most frequently lost items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

2. What were the top 10 most frequently lost children’s items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

3. How many lost children items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

4. How many lost items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

5. Do you keep hold of lost items that have been handed in worth under £50?

6. How long do you keep hold of lost items that have been handed in before discarding?

 

Response:

1.

libraries

Memory sticks, glasses, library card, bookmark, umbrella, school cardigan, hats, gloves, coats and small toys.

leisure centres

Not our information, please contact:  http://www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/contact

children centres

Keys, Wallet, Phone, Umbrella, bottles, hats, soft toys, handbags    Clothing, toys, dummies

housing offices

We don't have Housing Offices as people now do everything at the Library or One Stop

one stop shops

​Bus passes, ​adult hat​s​, adult​ ​gloves, adult​ ​sunglasses​, keys, purse​, diary

other council buildings

umbrella, book, watch, glasses, glasses case, scarf, t-shirt, badge, hairband.

 

 

2.

libraries

Library card, school cardigan, small toys.

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

Bibs, dummies, bottles, coats, shoes, blankets, comforters. Hats,  gloves, toys

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

​Not recorded​

other council buildings

​Not recorded​

 

3.

libraries

Not recorded.  We do not keep track of library cards as they are usually picked up at the next visit, small toys are usually claimed before or at the next visit. Memory cards and glasses are picked up by the next day we are open.Coats , gloves and hats are normally picked up quite quickly

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

on average x 2 per week

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

Not recorded

other council buildings

​Not recorded​

 

4.

libraries

Not recorded.  ​We do not normally keep track of lost items as a whole, however staff are made aware of anything in their branch that has been found/handed in.

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

on average x 2 per week

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

Not recorded

other council buildings

12

 

5. Yes

 

6. 12 months (Fire & Rescue) (Children’s Services)
At least 6 months or longer (Libraries and Info Centres)

 


2967 - Over capacity Schools

Details:

Reference Number: 2967
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

I am seeking information on the number of local authority run primary schools and secondary schools that will be operating at over capacity in September 2017 in terms of class sizes.

If available I would like information on both a) schools in general and B) entry years e.g. Year 7 and reception.

If possible I would also like this same information for the two previous school years.

-How many primary schools as a whole in your area/authority are expected to be operating a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/2017 and 2015/16?

-How many at primary schools at the year of entry, e.g. reception, in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/2017 and 2015/16?

·How many secondary schools as a whole in your area/authority are expected to be operating a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/17 and 2015/16?

·How many secondary schools at the year of entry, e.g. Year 7, in your area/authority are expected to be operating a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/17 and 2015/16?

 

Response:

See attachment.

Within the County the greatest pressure points in relation to school places are located in the south-east sector of the county; this is the most populated area of Northumberland. This pressure is arising because of an increase in population in some areas, such as Blyth, and/or an increase in new house building in other areas, such as Morpeth. Where genuine population is increasing, additional places will be needed on a permanent basis, whereas increases in housing such as in Morpeth are creating a more temporary pressures on places.

There is some evidence emerging that some schools have now reached their capacity and measures have been set in place to increase accommodation in those schools where the pressure is immediately apparent.

There is evidence that some partnerships , for example Berwick are feeling the impact of inward migration in both early years and first schools.

There is a continuing thrust within some school partnerships towards educational reorganisation from three tier (first, middle and high schools) to two tier (primary and secondary schools). This has, in certain partnerships, led to a situation where a partnership (of schools) may have a mixture of two or three tier schools.

Where schools are over their Published Admission Number (PAN) this can be due to the ability of the school at that time to admit above the PAN or through successful appeals to an independent appeal panel (whose decision to admit a child over the PAN is binding on all parties).

It should be noted that the local authority has a duty to meet parental preference wherever possible and if there are school places available, wherever they are available, then a place must be given at the school.

In Northumberland the number of applicants offered their first preference on national offers day for September 2017 was: Primary 97.2% and Secondary 97.6%

 


2974 - Agency Workers & EU staff

Details:

Reference Number: 2974
Request Date: 18/08/2017

Question:

I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act. In the following request, if information cannot be provided based on EU citizenship, please provide figures based on nationality (i.e. EU member state nationality) and state this to be the case.

Children's social workers:

1. Please state the total expenditure by the council on agency children's social workers in 2016/17

2. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the number of EU citizens (excluding UK/Republic of Ireland citizens) who worked for the council as qualified children's social workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

3. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the total number of people (including EU citizens, UK/RoI citizens, and non-EU citizens) who worked for the council as qualified children's social workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

4. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the total number of qualified children's social worker posts that were vacant - please provide the number of posts and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

5. Please state the number of EU citizens (excluding UK/Republic of Ireland citizens) working as qualified children's social workers who have (a) joined, and (b) left the council since the start of July 2016 - please provide headcount figures if possible

Adult social care workers:

In this section of the request, 'adult social care workers' includes people working for the council in adult care or personal assistant functions in residential/nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, and/or clients' own homes. If the council has a specific adult care department or directorate, it should simply use staffing figures for that department / directorate, excluding purely administrative roles if possible.

6. Please state (using the spreadsheet provided) the total expenditure by the council on agency adult social care workers during each of the following years:
· 2012/13

· 2013/14

· 2014/15

· 2015/16

· 2016/17

7. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the number of EU citizens (excluding UK/Republic of Ireland citizens) who worked for the council as adult social care workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

8. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the total number of people (including EU citizens, UK/RoI citizens, and non-EU citizens) who worked for the council as adult social care workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

9. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the total number of adult social care worker posts that were vacant - please provide the number of posts and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

10. Please state the number of EU citizens (excluding UK/Republic of Ireland citizens) working as qualified adult social care workers who have (a) joined, and (b) left the council since the start of July 2016 - please provide headcount figures if possible

If it is not possible to exclude Republic of Ireland citizens from questions 2, 5, 7 and 10 within the section 12 cost limit, please include them and state this to be the case.

 

Response:

Children's social workers:

1. £510,075.42

2. We do not record this information.

3.

· end of March 2016: Staff - 131, FTE - 118.8
· end of June 2016: Staff - 137, FTE - 125.33
· end of March 2017: Staff - 139, FTE - 126.68
· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date): Staff - 137, FTE - 125.33

4. We have been actively recruiting newly qualified workers into the establishment and creating new teams so it would be impossible to be accurate and truly compare the numbers as the present time.

5. We do not hold this information

Adult social care workers:

6.

· 2012/13    £213,284.44
· 2013/14    £482,156.94
· 2014/15    £275,858.49
· 2015/16    £202,048.11
· 2016/17    £305,870.45

7. We do not hold this information

8.
· end of March 2016:  Staff - 25, FTE 19.28
· end of June 2016:  Staff - 22, FTE - 16.6
· end of March 2017:  Staff - 23, FTE 17.42
· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date):  Staff - 22, FTE - 16.6

9.
· end of March 2016:  See note below
· end of June 2016:  114 vacancies (73.11 FTEs)
· end of March 2017:  See note below
· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date):  See note below

Note:
The number of posts (and vacancies) is assembled annually in September/October, as part of the budget process, and is not available as a monthly total during the year. The figure for this September will not be available until the end of the month when it will be finalised as part of the budget process. The figure for June 2016 is therefore the most recent available.

10. We do not hold this information.


2975 - Statistics on EHCP

Details:

Reference Number: 2975
Request Date: 21/08/2017

Question:

Could you please provide me with the following EHCP statistic:
How many EHCP, after an assessment, have been refused since September 2014?
How many EHCP have been successful after it had gone to a tribunal, since September 2014?

 

Response:

The Local Authority do not hold this information

The Local Authority do not hold this data as a matter of course. From reviewing cases the following information is available:


2014 four appeals for a refusal to assess were made to the tribunal service but 0 of these resulted in a hearing as additional evidence was provided to support the need for an assessment.


No information is available for 2015


In 2016 we are aware of at least 1 appeal which was lodged but parents withdrew their appeal and the Local Authority did not assess.


In 2017 1 appeal has been made to the tribunal service on the decision not to assess. This has not been heard yet.

 


2980 - Nursing and care homes

Details:

Reference Number: 2980
Request Date: 21/08/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please could you provide me with the following information:

1. a) How many residents between the age of 18 and 64 in your local authority area currently live in an older people’s nursing or care home (i.e. a residential facility where the majority of residents are aged 65 or over)?
b) What is the average age of residents in each of those facilities in which a resident between the age of 18-64 resides?

2. a) How many residents between 18 and 64 years of age with a neurological condition currently live in an older people’s nursing or care home in your local authority area (i.e. a residential facility where the majority of residents are aged 65 and over)?
b) If possible, please provide a breakdown of numbers of people against the specific neurological conditions listed below:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Motor neurone disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Acquired traumatic brain injury

Should the cost of providing a response to all questions exceed the permitted amount, please prioritise the questions in the order listed.

Response:

1a. 28 (N.B. This excludes residents in a special unit for young adults in separate accommodation at a facility which also takes older people.)

 

b. The average age of residents in question (a) above in each of these facilities is 84, the range is from 80 to 90, and the median 84.

 

2a. Our information is not structured in a way that will allow us to identify neurological conditions without examining individual records. Of the 28 residents in question 1 (a) 15 have been placed by mental health teams (e.g. for conditions such as pre-senile dementia); 2 by learning disability teams; and 11 have been placed by teams specialising in physical disabilities -- the category which would include most neurological conditions.

 

b. See the response to the previous question.

 


2983 - Looked after children/sexual abuse

Details:

Reference Number: 2983
Request Date: 21/08/2017

Question:

During the periods of April 2014 to March 2015, April 2015 to March 2016 and April 2016 to March 2017:

How​ ​many​ ​reports​ ​were​ ​made​ ​of​ ​sexual​ ​abuse,​ ​assault,​ ​exploitation​ ​or​ ​any​ ​other​ ​sexual offence​ ​against​ ​Looked​ ​After​ ​Children​ ​by​ ​members​ ​of​ ​staff​ ​or​ ​other​ ​residents​ ​at​ ​the Looked​ ​After​ ​Child’s​ ​care​ ​home?​ ​Please​ ​provide​ ​the​ ​date​ ​and​ ​summary​ ​of​ ​the​ ​incident. What​ ​was​ ​the​ ​action​ ​and​ ​outcome​ ​of​ ​each​ ​incident?​ ​Specifically,​ ​was​ ​the​ ​complainant​ ​or alleged​ ​perpetrator​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​a​ ​different​ ​care​ ​home​ ​following​ ​the​ ​allegation?

Response:

14 - 15 -

18/12/2015 - suspended then reinstated - false - sexual abuse
27/11/2014 - strategy meeting - malicious - sexual abuse
28/01/2015 - internal investigation - unsubstantiated - sexual abuse
13/06/2014 - strategy meeting - unsubstantiated - sexual abuse

15 - 16 -

0 referrals

16 - 17 -

1 referral - 15/04/2016 no outcome recorded

 


2986 - Adoption Support fund

Details:

Reference Number: 2986
Request Date: 22/08/2017

Question:

I would like to request the following information;

1. How many assessments for funding awards from the Adoption Support Fund has your council received during the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17?

2. How many assessments for funding awards from the Adoption Support Fund has your council received from 6th October 2016 to date?

ASF funding applications and awards May 2015 – 5th October 2016

 

3. How many assessments for Adoption Support Fund awards in excess of £5,000 were received by your council between the introduction of the fund in May 2015 up until 5th October 2016 when the ‘Fair Access Limit’ was introduced?

4. How many assessments for Adoption Support Fund awards in excess of £5,000 were accepted by your council between May 2015 and 5th October 2016 and submitted to the ASF?

5. How many of those applications submitted to the ASF between May 2015 and 5th October 2016 resulted in ASF awards and what was their total cost to your council?

6. How many assessments for Adoption Support funds awards in excess of £5,000 between May 2015 and 5th October 2016 were rejected by your council and therefore not submitted to the ASF, and what was the total value of the requested award to your council?

ASF ‘Fair Access Limit’ match funding from 6th October 2016 to date

 

7. How many assessments for Adoption Support Fund awards in excess of the £5,000 ‘fair access limit’ for therapy has your council received since 6th October 2016 to date?

8. How many of those assessments for awards in excess of £5,000 received since 6th October 2016 to date have been approved and submitted to the ASF for match funding by your council?

9. How many of those applications submitted to the ASF since 6th October 2016 to date have resulted in ASF awards and what is their total cost (ie your match fund contribution) to your council?)

10. How many of those assessments for awards in excess of £5,000 received since 6th October 2016 to date have been rejected by the council and thus not submitted to the ASF, and what was the total value of the requested match-fund contribution to your council?

11. How many of those assessments for awards in excess of £5,000 received since 6th October 2016 to date have been submitted to the ASF by the council and rejected by the ASF

12. What is the total value to your council of those match fund applications rejected by the ASF since 6th October 2016 to date?

Adoption Support Fund applications for children and young people voluntarily accommodated by the council


13. How many applications submitted to the ASF since 6th October 2016 to date by your council are for children and young people voluntarily accommodated by the council under Section 20 ?

14. How many such applications have resulted in ASF awards and what is their total cost (ie your match fund contribution) to your council?)

 

Response:

1. Assuming this question is in regard to how many applications made to the ASF:
2015/16 - 14
2016/17 - 34

This is applications and not in relation to families or children.

2. Assuming this question is in regard to how many applications made to the ASF:
6th October 2016 to date (6th September 2017) - 47

This is applications and not in relation to families or children.

3. 5 applications in relation to single child

4. This is the same as above - 5

5. No cost to the council

6. None

7. 1

8. 2

9. 2 - £3,300

10. None

11. None

12. 0

13. 0

14. 0

 


2988 - Social care assessments & provision for prisoners

Details:

Reference Number: 2988
Request Date: 23/08/2017

Question:

I am conducting research into the needs of older prisoners. Could you provide the following information:

1. Information regarding any assumptions that were made as to the projected annual cost of completing social care assessments on prisoners in HMP Northumberland from April 2015

2. Information regarding assumptions that were made as to the projected annual cost of providing social care packages to prisoners in HMP Northumberland from April 2015

3. How many social care assessments have been requested and completed on prisoners accommodated in HMP Northumberland in 2015,2016 and 2017 to date and the actual cost of this

4. How many social care packages (resulting from these assessments) have been put in place for prisoners accommodated in HMP Northumberland in 2015, 2016, and 2017 to date and the actual cost of this

 

Response:

1. No firm assumptions were made, since this was a new duty and we had no previous experience to guide us. We also anticipated that the position might develop over time, as the expectations of the prison staff and prison healthcare staff change, and as the nature of the prison population changes.

2. No firm assumptions were made, for the reasons given in question 1.

3. Prisoners social care assessments
2015 - 6
2016 - 8
2017 (as at 25/08/17) - 5

The number of completed social care assessments is set out above. The actual cost of this would be very difficult to quantify as the staff time required to complete assessments varies significantly from individual to individual. We have also provided significant training to support staff e.g. in giving advice and signposting to services.

4. No on-going care packages have yet been put in place, though equipment has been supplied.

 


2991 - Child Services

Details:

Reference Number: 2991
Request Date: 23/08/2017

Question:

I am looking for information on any organisations that work with children in your area.

Please could you split the information into different sectors (Early Years, Education, Fostering (IFAs), Children's Placements, Leisure, Faith Groups (incl. Madrassas / Sunday Schools) and Other provisions.

Please could you send to me the information in the form of an excel spreadsheet with the following information:

Column 1 - Sector,
Column 2 - Organisation Name
Column 3 - Contact Name
Column 4 - Address Line 1
Column 5 - Address Line 2
Column 6 - Town
Column 7 - Postcode
Column 8 - Telephone Number
Column 9 - Email address
Column 10 - Type of Service (if different to Column 1)

 

Response:

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions;

Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means.

The information is available by searching the internet for the services requested.


2996 - Social Work

Details:

Reference Number: 2996
Request Date: 24/08/2017

Question:

The first part of my enquiry relates to your local authority’s delivery of the Social Worker Employer Standards that were introduced in 2011. Under the standards councils are supposed to “complete, review and publish an annual ‘health check' to assess the practice conditions and working environment of the organisation's social work workforce” (full link here). The second part of my enquiry relates to use of secure placements for children on welfare grounds. Last year Sir James Munby, president of the family courts in England, warned that more councils in England were having to place young people in secure units in Scotland due to a shortage of availability in secure units in England.

So I would like to request the following information from your authority:

A copy of all of the social work ‘health checks’ (see above) that your council has produced since the social worker employer standards were introduced in 2011.

The number of children your local authority has sent to secure units in Scotland or Wales in each of the following financial years: 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

A list of the secure units in Scotland or Wales that your local authority has placed children in in each of the following financial years: 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

The number of times your local authority has been told no bed in a secure unit is available in England for a child who needs one in each of the following financial years: 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

 

Response:

We have not undertaken published social work Health Checks as the work force strategy and support has been assessed via a different mechanism. Consequently these documents can not be provided.

2012-13 = 0
2013-14 = 0
2014-15 = 1
2015-16 = 0
2016-17 = 0

2014-15 - Kibble Care Centre

This would need to be directed to make this enquiry probably with the secure access network. If we have needed a secure bed, we have worked to secure one within the UK as it would have been deemed necessary.

 


3004 - Care & nursing homes for the elderly

Details:

Reference Number: 3004
Request Date: 25/08/2017

Question:

In the last year for which figures are available, in your local authority area:

a) how many private sector nursing home establishments catering mainly for elderly people were there? What was the highest weekly rate for a place?

b) how many private sector residential care home establishments catering mainly for elderly people were there? What was the highest weekly rate for a place?

c) what is the maximum weekly rate that your local authority would normally pay for a publicly-funded place in i) nursing and ii) residential homes, and in what percentage of cases did you exceed that contribution?

d) for what percentage of i) nursing homes and ii) residential homes would this standard rate cover the full costs of a place

Response:

a) There were 32 private sector nursing homes (as at August 2017).

Rates vary depending on the size, quality and category of care offered by homes and providers. The highest weekly rate for nursing home placements was £573.89, a “gold standard” payable to outstanding care providers only (excluding funded nursing care contributions, which the Council pays on behalf of Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group). Care home providers do not always tell us about the rates which they charge to self-funding residents.

b) There were 38 private sector nursing homes (as at August 2017).

Rates vary depending on the size, quality and category of care offered by homes and providers. The highest weekly rate residential home placements was £556.83, a “gold standard” payable to outstanding care providers only. Care home providers do not always tell us about the rates which they charge to self-funding residents.

c)
i) See 1 (a) above
ii) See 1 (b) above

We did not pay any care homes for older people within Northumberland more than that weekly rate in August 2017.

d) Calculations of the "full costs" of a place can be made in many different ways; in our view there is no meaningful answer to this question. In particular, it would not in our view be reasonable to assume that the highest price charged to self-funding residents is the "full cost" of all places in the care home.

 


3006 - Epilepsy sufferers

Details:

Reference Number: 3006
Request Date: 29/08/2017

Question:

Could you please advise how many people there are who receive some form of care/financial support package from yourselves that suffer from Epilepsy either as their main client category or as a minor category? (only require number of mains and number of minors, no additional breakdown required – for both adults and children please).

 

Response:

Our information is not collected in a structured way that would enable us to answer this question. In our JSNA pages we include general information about epilepsy which includes the estimated prevalence in the county.

 


3009 - Adult Learning Disability Services

Details:

Reference Number: 3009
Request Date: 29/08/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information regarding adult learning disability services. Where possible, please kindly include responses on the attached Excel spreadsheet.

1. Please could you supply the name, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for learning disabilities placements?

For questions 2 to 6, please supply this information as a snapshot at the end of the year for the financial years 2013/14 to 2016/17, and where possible, the most up to date snapshot available for 2017/18.

2. Please provide the total number of adults with learning disabilities funded by the Local Authority in residential care.

3. Of the total number of adults with learning disabilities funded by the Local Authority in residential care (q.2) please provide the number that are in ‘in area’ placements and the number that are in ‘out of area’ placements.

4. Please provide the total number of adults with learning disabilities funded by the Local Authority in supported living.

5. Please provide the number of adults with learning disabilities who transitioned from children’s learning disabilities services into adult’s services - in total, into adult residential care services only, and into adult supported living services only.

6. Please provide the number of adults with learning disabilities who ‘stepped down’ from specialist inpatient hospital placements into adult residential care and supported living services.

7. Please provide the local authority’s total expenditure on residential care and supported living for adults with learning disabilities for each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2016/17, and where possible, budgeted expenditure for 2017/18. If expenditure for 2016/17 is not yet available, please provide projected expenditure.

8. Please provide the highest, lowest, and average weekly rate paid by the Local Authority for residential care placements for adults with a learning disability for each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2017/18. If the Local Authority has weekly rate bands, please also provide these.

9. Please provide the highest, lowest, and average hourly rate paid by the Local Authority for supported living placements for adults with a learning disability for each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2017/18. If the Local Authority has hourly rate bands, please also provide these.

 

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

3012 - Price and sufficiency of older people’s care

Details:

Reference Number: 3012
Request Date: 30/08/2017

Question:

Please find attached a Freedom of Information Act Request regarding price and sufficiency of older people’s care in your local authority. This information will be used for our Older People’s Care Survey 2017.

 

Response:

1.    Northumberland County Council

2.    Average and maximum prices

 

 

LA-funded

Self-funded*

 

Average prices

Maximum prices

Average prices

Care home (£/week)

See note 1

£535.33

See note 1

Care home with dementia support (£/week)

£556.83

Nursing home (£/week)(after FNC)*

£535.33

Nursing home with dementia support (£/week) (after FNC)*

£573.89

Extra care housing (£/week)

n/a

Home care (£/hour)

£13.79

£15.76

£13.79
 

(see note 2)

*We have assumed both in this question and elsewhere below that the term “self-funded” refers toplaces that are entirely funded by the service user’s own funds (as indicated in your glossary of terms) and taken up by people who are using one of the council’s contracts.  We do not hold information about places which are also funded by the service user’s own funds but taken up by people using private arrangements.

Notes
1.    New rates were offered to all homes in August, and were accepted by the majority of providers.  However, it is not possible to give average prices until the new rates have been fully implemented.

2.    The figures given for home care prices are those currently paid.  We are expecting these to increase.

3.    Number of individuals using services

(i)

 

Number of individuals (LA-funded)

Number of individuals (self-funded)

Care home

993

147

Care home with dementia support

865

162

 

Nursing home

1,081

101

Nursing home with dementia support

396

35

Extra care housing

n/a

n/a

Home care

3,126

See note

Note:
Our records are not held in a way that allows us easily to extract this information.

(ii)     

 

LA-funded

Self-funded

Home care (hours per year)

853,999

134,519


4.    Source of funding
(i)            

Entirely LA-funded

Partly LA-funded

Entirely self-funded

64%

28%

9%

Note:
These figures are our closest approximations.

(ii)  3%

5.    Sufficiency of Services
(i) This question does not refer to information we hold.
(ii) This question does not refer to information we hold.

6.    Out of area placements
(i)  Yes    
(ii)  4%

7.    Future projections
(i)    This question does not refer to information we hold.              


3013 - Lone Workers

Details:

Reference Number: 3013
Request Date: 30/08/2017

Question:

Please can you supply the following information regarding Local Authority Lone Workers.

Q.1 Does the Authority have a Lone Worker Policy?

Q.2 How does the Authority convey this information to its Lone Workers?

Q.3 How many staff work at the Authority?

Q.4 How many staff are classed as Lone Workers?

Q.5 What is the preferred training method for Lone Workers i.e. tool box talks, webinar, online courses?

Q.6 Are Lone Workers issued with mobile phones, if so are they iphone, Android, Windows, others?

Q.7 Is there an outsourced Lone Worker solution in use, if so what type of device and who supplies it.

Q.8 If there is a Lone Worker Solution in place when does the contract expire?

Q.9 What is the annual spend on Lone Worker Solutions?

Q10. Please provide contact details for the following Department Heads
· Health & Safety
· Social Care
· Highways, Streets & Public Transport
· Enforcement
· Housing
· Planning
· Leisure & Culture

Response:

Q.1 Yes

Q.2 See attachment

Q.3 4209

Q.4 This is dependant on changing circumstances on a daily basis.

Q.5 There is no preferred method. It would be based upon the needs of each service.

Q.6 Not all lone workers are issued with phones as they have access to landlines. However, those lone workers that do have mobile phones are issued with android phones.

Q.7 None

Q.8 None

Q.9  None - in terms of a 3rd party supply as far as we know

Q10  

· Health & Safety - Kelly Angus
kelly.angus@northumberland.gov.uk

· Social Care - Cath McEvoy
cath.mcevoy@northumberland.gov.uk

· Highways, Streets & Public Transport - David Laux
david.laux@northumberland.gov.uk

· Enforcement - Paul Hedley
paul.hedley@northumberland.gov.uk

· Housing - Phil Soderquest (including housing enforcement)
philip.soderquest@northumberland.gov.uk

· Planning - Geoff Paul
geoff.paul@northumberland.gov.uk

· Leisure & Culture
None currently in post


Attachments:

3014 - School meals

Details:

Reference Number: 3014
Request Date: 30/08/2017

Question:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Please can you share the following information relating to schools in your local authority area.

- Names and addresses of schools where the local authority currently provide school meals

- Names and addresses of schools where school meals are provided by staff employed directly by the school

- Names and addresses of schools where a third party catered provides school meals and the name of such catering provider (of held)

 

Response:

​The Northumberland County Council website lists all the schools that are currently using NCC as their provider. ​

​Any school not on the above list either runs their own service or is managed by an external contractor we do not hold this information.


3026 - Adult Social Care

Details:

Reference Number: 3026
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

1.    (a) In total, how many adults received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority from external providers in 2016/17?

(b)    Of this total, how many were aged i) 18 -64 ii) 65+.

2.    In the past year (up to 29 July 2017), what percentage of domiciliary care visits commissioned from external providers were delivered in

a) 15 minutes or less
b) 16 – 30 minutes

3.    In total, how many adults who received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority in the year 2016/17 received any visits lasting 15 minutes or less as part of their care package?

4.    In 2016/17 did the local authority commission any 15-minute visits for personal care? Please provide a copy of the local authority’s policy (or other relevant documents) on commissioning domiciliary care visits lasting 15 minutes or less.

5.    In total, how many hours of domiciliary care were commissioned by the local authority from external providers in the year 2016/17?

Response:

1.(a)  3,511
 

(b) i) 937
ii) 2,674.

2.(a) 6.5%*
* Our client information system does not at present enable us to distinguish clearly between standalone 15-minute visits and extra time allocations of 15 minutes added on specific days of the week to a regular daily visit to enable a less frequent extra task to be carried out. The figures given above and in answer to questions 2(b) and 3 are therefore estimates based on extrapolating from a random sample of recorded visits on our system which we have checked in detail.

(b) 64.3%**.
**See note to 2(a) above.

3. 793***.

*** **See note to 2(a) above.

4. We do not expect care managers to allow as little as 15 minutes for visits which involve carrying out personal care tasks. Short visits are appropriate for some purposes – such as making sure people take their medication.

We do not have a written policy document about this issue, but we ensure through monitoring arrangements that visit timings are appropriate.

5. 1,727,035.

 


3044 - Children removed from Foster Care

Details:

Reference Number: 3044
Request Date: 06/09/2017

Question:

1. Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to take children away from foster parents because of concerns for the children's welfare? In each case provide a brief description as to what those concerns were.

2. Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to place a child from a Christian background into a foster care family with a Muslim background?

3. Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to place a child from a Muslim background into a foster care family with a Christian background?

 

Response:

1. 3 - cases are in regard to standards of care (fostering national minimum standards)

2. 0

3. 0

 


3051 - Service user / customer experience feedback surveys

Details:

Reference Number: 3051
Request Date: 07/09/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information, for any Service User and/or Customer Experience feedback surveys and contracts in place within the Authority.

1. Current supplier of service user/customer experience feedback surveys (This may be more than one. For example, one supplier may be providing a survey solution for community feedback whilst a different supplier may provide a survey solution for feedback within care homes and another supplier for contact centre surveys. Please provide details of supplier contracts for all).
2. Value of individual contract(s). Please specify whether “including VAT” or “plus VAT”.
3. Renewal date of current contract(s).
4. Contact details of officer(s) responsible for the contract(s).
5. Brief description of service provided by current supplier.
6. Where contracts have been renewed in the last 6 months, please can you also provide a shortlist of suppliers that bid for each contract.
7. Typical route to tender (i.e., what procurement portal or individual quote requests etc.).
8. Does the authority own and/or run Care Homes and if yes, how many.

 
 

Response:

1.
(a) The survey form that is provided as part of the google operating system/software package.
(b) Picker Institute Europe    
(c) National Highways and Transport Network

2.
(a) no charge
(b) £13,200 (including VAT)
(c) Annual fee = £8700.00

3.

(a) not applicable
(b) 2018
(c) No contract in place. Annual membership

4. Not applicable

5.

(a) & (b) Not applicable
(c) Annual Customer Service Satisfaction survey for Highways and Transport

6. Not applicable

7. Dependent upon value of term as to route. Any quotes or tenders would be published through ProContract. ProContract is widely used across the Public Sector. ProContract can be access using the following Council Link https://procontract.due-north.com/Login or Google.

8. The authority has two in–house care homes.

 


3054 - Looked after Vietnamese Children

Details:

Reference Number: 3054
Request Date: 08/09/2017

Question:

I would like to know how many Looked After Vietnamese children (if possible, specifically Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children) went missing a) permanently, b) temporarily, each month for 2016 and 2017 to date?

 

Response:

None

 


3059 - Social work workforce costs

Details:

Reference Number: 3059
Request Date: 08/09/2017

Question:

I’m writing to request information about your local authority’s spending on children’s and adults’ social workers.

For Qs 1-3, I am aware that different councils use a range of job titles, but hopefully the employee types I have specified are generic enough to apply to your structures and capture all qualified social work staff and their managers.

1. What annual salary do you pay the following workers, when employed on staff contracts (if pay scales apply please provide the range) in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director
Please DO NOT include any employee benefits, bonuses etc in this answer.

2. What is the annual 'true employee cost', factoring in NICs, benefits and all other costs of the following workers, when employed on staff contracts (if pay scales apply please provide the range) in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director

3. How much per hour do you pay the following workers, when hiring them as locums in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director
Please quote the top-line pay rate, before any employer’s NICs etc have been deducted.

4. For the tax year 2016/17, what was your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department's total spend on:
(i) Employed social work staff (salaries only)
(ii) Employed social work staff (true cost)
(iii) Locum social work staff (wages)
(iv) Locum social work staff (true cost, including but not limited to agency fees, travel/accommodation allowances etc)

5. How much of the 2016/17 spend on locums in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department was ‘off-framework’; i.e. outside your neutral vendor/PSL?

6. What was your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department’s total annual budget for 2016/17?

7. For (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services, how much was this over- or under-spent by?

Response:

1. Annual salary
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 8 first salary point (for this question and for others giving responses from Children’s Services, please see the attached Northumberland County Council pay scales for details of the range).

b) Adults services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 5, first salary point (for this question and for others giving responses for Adult Services, please see the attached NHS pay scales for details of the range).

(ii) qualified social worker
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 8 (second point upwards)
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 5/6 (second point upwards)

(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 9
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 7

(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 10
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 7. Note: IROs are not used in adult social care

(v) service manager/assistant director
a) Children’s Services - Northumberland County Council Band 13
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 8-9

(vi) director
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 17
b) Adult services - c.£115,000.

2. True employee cost
This is available on the attached Northumberland County Council and NHS Agenda for Change payscales.

3. Agency hourly rates
The hourly rate paid by children’s services for locum social workers varies from £20.10 to £33.00. Our information on the pay of social workers employed through external agencies is not held in a way that enables us to distinguish between their different levels.
Adult services do not hire qualified social worker locums.

4. Social work staff spend
(i) Employed social work staff (salaries only)
a) Children’s Services - £2.9m (qualified social workers).
b) Adult services - £2.4m (qualified social workers, estimated figure).

(ii) Employed social work staff (true cost)
a) Children’s Services - £3.7m (qualified social workers).
b) Adult services - £3m (qualified social workers, estimated figure).

(iii) Locum social work staff (wages)
a) Children’s Services - We do not hold this information in a way which allows us to separate wages from the other costs in your request.
b) Adult Services - We do not hold this information in a way which allows us to separate wages from the other costs in your request.

(iv) Locum social work staff (true cost, including but not limited to agency fees, travel/accommodation allowances etc.)
a) Children’s Services - £618k (locum social workers)
b) Adult Services - We do not use locum staff in adult social services.

5. Agency spend
(a) Children’s Services - £82,643
(b) Adult Services - Not applicable.

6. Budget
a) Children’s Services - The net budget was £31,888,000.
b) Adult Services - The net budget was £85,221,000.

7. Over/underspend

a) Children’s Services - £5,894,000 overspent.
b) Adult services - £931,000 underspend.


3067 - Child employment permits

Details:

Reference Number: 3067
Request Date: 12/09/2017

Question:

· If applicable to your council, how many 13-15 year-olds were licenced to work part-time in the area in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?
· If data available, how many child employment permits were issued in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?

 

Response:

Children who were licensed to work part-time and were issued with a child employment permit:
 

Child Employment Data Information September 2010 - July 2011
71 students

Child Employment Data September 2011 - July 2012
179 students

Child Employment Data Information September 2012 - July 2013
173 students

Child Employment Data Information September 2013 – July 2014
156 students

Child Employment Data Information 2014-15
101 students

Child Employment Data Information September 2015 – July 2016
90 students

 


3074 - Services which trade to generate profit

Details:

Reference Number: 3074
Request Date: 11/09/2017

Question:

1. Which of your services trade to generate profit (please include services delivered through arms-length companies or similar bodies)?

2. How many staff are employed in each of the service areas listed in your answer to question 1 (please break you answer down into: senior managers [i.e. Head of Service or above], middle managers and supervisors, front line operatives including team leaders?

3. Of the staff listed for question 2, how many of them are subject to some form of performance related pay incentive?

4. What performance areas are targeted by the performance related pay incentives identified in your response to question 3?

5. How have the performance areas detailed in your answer to question 4 performed over the past 3 years (or since the performance related pay was introduced if it has been in place for less than 3 years)?

6. If your answer to question 5 identifies that the performance of any areas has not improved, has your authority identified any reasons why the performance related pay has not delivered the desired result?

Response:

1. Within Learning & Development, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service has two service areas generating profit;
Commercial Training
Driving School

2. Commercial Training x 1 full time staff member and Driving School x 1 full time member of staff

3. Neither are subject to performance related pay.

4. Not applicable.

5. Not applicable.

6. Not applicable.

 


3079 - Funding to Schools re staff absence costs

Details:

Reference Number: 3079
Request Date: 14/09/2017

Question:

I would like to request a copy of the authority’ scheme which is made available to schools to fund their teacher and staff absence costs for the 2017/18 academic year. Kindly extend this request to include any separate provision, should the authority operate a stand-alone scheme funding the cost of school employees on maternity leave.

Response:

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information is exempt under section 43 on the basis that it is commercially sensitive. In this case the Authority relies on section 43(2).

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 43(2): 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).

Public Interest Test Considerations

Section 43 is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

The reasons why the public interest favours withholding the information are prejudicial to the commercial activities of the Local Authority.


3083 - Long Term Care

Details:

Reference Number: 3083
Request Date: 15/09/2017

Question:

Please respond to the questions with a definitive ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – if your response requires qualification, then please do make this clear.

1. Does the council routinely include a long-term (more than three years into the future) planning component in their annual review and care planning process for people with care and support needs? Please respond Yes or No.

2. Does the council routinely support adults with long-term care and support needs to plan for their future care needs, beyond the next three years? Please answer Yes or No.

3. Of the adults in the council area with care and support needs whose primary carer is a parent, relative or friend, does the council routinely plan for a situation where that carer is no longer able (for whatever reason) to meet the support needs of the individual? Please answer Yes or No.

4. What percentage of adults with long-term care and support needs in the council area, have a friend or family member as a primary carer?

For the purpose of clarity, we are issuing the same request to every council in England under the Freedom of Information Act, and we intend to use the responses for media and campaigning purposes.

Response:

1. Long-term care plans reflect the personal requirements and preferences of different individuals and they will therefore vary from individual to individual, and the nature of their condition or disability. The binary “yes” or “no” response requested risks over-simplifying this approach.

2. We expect staff involved in assessment and care and support planning to adopt the approach which is appropriate to a person's situation. In some situations, such as when a young adult is in transition from children's services, long-term planning is essential; in other cases, such as when we are supporting someone whose condition means that they are unlikely to live for more than three years, it would clearly be inappropriate.

3. In the course of assessing a person's needs, we always take account of the support provided by carers, and consider what eligible needs the person has which do not immediately require services but which might do so if the person was not available to provide support. The extent to which detailed plans are required or would be useful depends on individual circumstances.

4. 44.1% of clients with long-term care and support needs (living in the community) have a friend or family member recorded as a primary carer (as at 1st September 2017).


3085 - Children of alcoholics

Details:

Reference Number: 3085
Request Date: 15/09/2017

Question:

1) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of:

a) Dependent drinkers within your local authority area?
b) Hazardous drinkers within your local authority area?

2) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of children in your local authority area in;
a) Families with a dependent drinker(s)
b) Families with a hazardous drinker(s)
3) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with the estimates referenced in request 1 and 2?

4) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have in place a strategy of support for children of:

a) Dependent drinkers
b) Hazardous drinkers

5) If so can I;

a) Have a copy of the strategy referenced in request 4 and;
b) Have an estimate of the budget provision made for this support

6) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the number of referrals in your area made for treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

7) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount spent on treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

8) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount your local authority area is forecast to spend on treatments for alcohol misuse in:

a) 2016/17
b) 2017/18
c) 2018/19

 

Response:

1)

a) The best available estimates of the number of people with an alcohol use disorder is based on the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014 (which asks questions of around 7500 adults in England). The model estimates prevalence based on rates of alcohol dependence and alcohol attributable hospital admissions for the area, as well as age, sex, IMD score, and ethnicity. This data would suggest that there could be 3236 dependent drinkers in Northumberland (confidence intervals between 2587 and 4282).

b) The number of hazardous drinkers has not been estimated for a number of years as the classifications of drinkers changed in 2009 to low risk, increasing risk and high risk. As these 2009 estimates are now quite old and therefore unreliable, they are not used currently. The best we have available to assess drinking behaviour are percentage of adults binge drinking and drinking over 14 units per week which can be found on the Local Alcohol Profiles for England. This estimate would suggest that 18%, or 46,264 people binge drink and 26% or 66,826 people drink over 14 units per week.

2) We do not hold this data.

3) We do not hold this data.

4) There isn’t a specific strategy for these groups of children. Their needs would be assessed against the local safeguarding children board multi agency thresholds of need and relevant services provided accordingly. This document can be found on the LSCB website.

5) As there is not a specific strategy for these groups of children, we do not have an estimate of the proportion of the total budget for support to children and families which is comprised of parental alcohol use.

6) The drug and alcohol treatment service received 1063 referrals for support for alcohol during 2016/2017. 332 people then went on to start structured treatment.

Further referrals for alcohol misuse were made to the alcohol liaison (Alcohol Care) team in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, but we do not hold data on the number of referrals.

7) There is a specialist substance misuse service who work with individuals misusing a range of substances including opiates, non opiates and alcohol and it is not possible to isolate the expenditure of the service on alcohol specifically. The total spent on substance misuse services for financial year 2016/17 was £2,248,510. This includes the specialist service (which covers both drug and alcohol).

 

Alcohol prevention is delivered as part of an Integrated Wellbeing Service which includes alcohol screening and brief intervention training and delivery, local campaigns, group and one to one support. As the service aims to promote health and wellbeing rather than individual single lifestyle factors and people present with multiple health risk factors is not possible to quantify how much of the overall funding and activity relates to alcohol only.

We are able however to identify that part of this service delivers 6,000 alcohol screens and brief interventions per annum.

As part of the 0-19 Integrated Public Health Service, there is the provision of SORTED. SORTED is a young people’s substance misuse service that operates throughout Northumberland. The service provides information, advice, treatment and care to young people who are under the age of 18 who are experiencing difficulties because of their use of substances, which includes alcohol. As this service is part of the wider 0-19 Integrated
Public Health Service, we are unable to provide the budget for SORTED.

8)

a) 2016/17    £2,982,816
b) 2017/18    £2,674,520
c) 2018/19    £2,674,520

Please note that this is for all substance misuse not just alcohol.


3094 - Supply cover in schools

Details:

Reference Number: 3094
Request Date: 18/09/2017

Question:

I am interested in the amounts paid by each school in your Local Authority directly on supply cover (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E02) and also to third parties in relation to agency supply staff (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E26).

I am looking for this data for the 2016/17 academic year (Sept 16 - Aug 17) and would like this supplied in an editable excel spreadsheet please detailing:
School URN
School DfE Number
School Name
E02 Direct Supply Spend Total
E26 Agency Supply Spend Total
Additional information:
If possible, please also provide the E26 Agency Spend broken down by individual supplier on a separate worksheet
Please sort the schools by type i.e. Primary, Secondary, SEN
If data is not available for this time period please can it be provided for the 2016/17 financial year (Apr 16 - Mar 17)

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

3095 - Local Authority funding

Details:

Reference Number: 3095
Request Date: 18/09/2017

Question:

The information pertains to the financial assessment process undergone for local authority funding to cover care needs. This includes, but is not limited to, care support within the home, or in residential care homes.

The information I would like is;

1) The total number of people who have applied for local authority funding to cover care needs between 2013 – present (broken down by year)
2) The number of times the deliberate deprivation rule has been used since 2013 to deny funding (broken down by year)
3) The total value of assets involved in cases where the deliberate deprivation rule has been used to deny funding since 2013 (broken down by year)

Response:

1) People applying for funding for care*
2013/14 - 2,129
2014/15 - 2,155
2015/16 - 2,432
2016/17 - 2,659

*These figures show the number of new financial assessments conducted in each financial year. These assessments usually precede applications for local authority support with care costs.

2) This information is set out in the table below.

Uses of the deliberate deprivation rule

2013/14

Twice

2014/15

-

2015/16

-

2016/17

Once

2017/18

Twice


3) This information is set out in the table below.

Estimated value of assets “deliberately deprived”

2013/14

£340,000

2014/15

-

2015/16

-

2016/17

Not known

2017/18

£113,000



3096 - Children in care for assaulting family/carers

Details:

Reference Number: 3096
Request Date: 18/09/2017

Question:

1. How many children have been taken into care for assaulting or abusing their parents/siblings/carers in each of the following years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held)?

2. Of those children mentioned in question 1, how many have have been diagnosed with autism? Please could you provide a similar breakdown for each of the same years requested in question 1.

3. How many of these children attended any programmes aimed at perpetrators of domestic violence in those same years requested in question 1.

 

Response:

1.
2012 - 0
2013 - less than 5
2014 - 0
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0

2.
Nil

3.
N/A

 


3103 - Social Care packages

Details:

Reference Number: 3103
Request Date: 19/09/2017

Question:

1. The number of people who have died while waiting for a social care package to commence, after an assessment has been made
 

2. The number of people who waited more than a year, or who have been waiting more than a year for a social care package to commence
 

3. In the week of August 28 to September 3, 2017, how many hours of agreed social care went unmet (i.e. hours contained on entire care plans which were not able to started or extra hours that were needed on existing care plans but were unable to be added).

 

Response:

1. We have not been able to identify from an examination of our records any clients who have died awaiting the start of a package of care.

2. We are not able to give a meaningful numerical answer to this question. We have arrangements for working with providers to ensure that support is in place as soon as possible, and we also have arrangements for bridging any delays, for instance by providing short-term support from staff in our reablement service. In cases where special arrangements like this are made, our information systems do not record the details in a way which readily permits statistical analysis. There are also situations in which services have been approved, but service users and family members wish to discuss details further before they start -- again, our systems are not designed to capture this information statistically.

3. We are confident that there are no long delays in commencing care services in situations where there is clear agreement about what support is needed and how it will be provided. In unusual situations where difficult issues need to be resolved about the best way to provide support to someone with particularly complex needs, this process can occasionally be quite lengthy, but people would never be left without safe and satisfactory support during that period.

 


3108 - Cervical Screening

Details:

Reference Number: 3108
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

1.
a. What activities has your local authority undertaken to promote cervical screening and increase uptake over the last year, August 2016 to August 2017?

(We are looking for an outline of any activities that the local authority public health team has been involved in or led, for example, working directly with GP surgeries to raise awareness of screening; raising awareness through print and digital channels; working directly with women in the community; and through targeted information provision. We do not need any documentation, but would be grateful for as high level of detail as you are able to give.)

b. What were the outcomes of those activities? For example, greater awareness, increased screening coverage.

c. Have local targets been set to improve cervical screening coverage?

i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

ii. If yes, please give details

d. Does your local authority public health team have a budget to promote uptake of cervical screening?

i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

ii. If yes, please give details

2.
a. Is your public health team aware of the report published by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in January 2017, ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight: an audit of activities undertaken by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to increase cervical screening coverage in England’?
i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

b. If yes, have any additional activities to improve cervical screening coverage been undertaken or planned as a result of the ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight’ report?

i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

ii. If yes, can you outline the activities / plans?

3. Are women able to attend cervical screening at the sexual health services in your local authority area? Please mark the correct box.

☐ Yes – all women who attend an appointment and are due their cervical screening

☐ Yes – some women are able to receive their cervical screening on an opportunistic basis.
If this is the case, please specify which groups:
☐ No – women are unable to receive cervical screening at sexual health services in our local authority area.

4. Have you undertaken any work with local schools or other partners to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine?

a. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

b. If yes, please give details.

Response:

1.
a. May 2016 – cancer awareness month: links to poster and leaflets and information sources on cancer awareness and screening sent to over 60 business, GP surgeries, voluntary organisations, etc in order for them to promote awareness throughout their premises/staff.

Sept – Nov 2016 worked in collaboration with CRUK to host bi weekly cancer awareness hub at Ashington Leisure Centre, included raising awareness of screening

January – March 2017, Learning Disability Nurses were supported with information and resources to deliver education sessions with clients around the importance of cervical screening. This was being undertaken to prepare individual clients in being able to attend screening appointments.

Embedded activity: Health Trainers support clients to improve their health and wellbeing which includes raising awareness of links between cancer and health and cancer screening services.

Health Trainers also support a local Macmillan patient and carers group and discuss the importance of cancer screening and attending appointments.

Health Champion Training: training session includes information on cancer and lifestyle as well as promoting and raising awareness of cancer screening.

b. There is anecdotal evidence that a number of clients have engaged with screening services they have previously declined (including cervical screening) and that a small number have subsequently required further medical treatment.

c. No


d. No

2.
a. Yes

b. We have utilised council & NHS provider communications to promote cervical screening
Supported cancer prevention awareness weeks (as stated previous)

Promotion of Jo's 'Be Cervix Savvy' Roadshow - Newcastle 3rd April.

The Cervical Screening Newsletter which included information on Cervical Screening Week & Jo’s Trust was circulated to all NHS staff within the Integrated Sexual Health Service to raise awareness.

The Jo’s Trust poster featured on the Ovarian/Prostate cancer awareness display and on the Be Clear On Cancer awareness display (April/May)

3. Yes – but only if they are due a screen at the time of a sexual health check be that for contraception or STI screening. Those with more chaotic lifestyles are proactively offered a smear during an appointment.

4. a. Yes

The immunisation programme is commissioned from our School Nursing providers and distributes appropriate literature during and prior to the schedule. We have also been included in the comms with the North East PHE who have also recently distributed guidance to schools surrounding dispute of a claim sent to education providers about the harmful effects of the vaccine.

 


3109 - e-cigarettes & vaping

Details:

Reference Number: 3109
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping. Questions 1-7 were asked in August last year, and I am asking them again to check if the council's policy has changed. Questions 8 and 9 have not been asked before.

1. Please supply me with a copy of your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes on council premises. This includes all council owned or leased buildings (for example, libraries, offices, museums), council owned or leased property (for example, parks, gardens, and other areas that form part of the grounds of council offices), and vehicles (for example, council owned or leased cars and vans).

 

2. Please inform me if staff are required to leave their place of work (for example, their desk or vehicle) to vape.
 

3. Please inform me if staff and visitors have to leave the grounds of council owned or leased property to vape.
 

4. Please inform me if staff and visitors are required to use designated smoking areas on council owned or leased property in order to vape.
 

5. Please inform me if your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes differs in any way from your council's existing policy on smoking. If it does, please explain the differences.
 

6. Please detail your council's policy, if there is one, for staff smoking cessation and also if you encourage your staff to use e-cigarettes as a means of smoking cessation.
 

7. Please inform me when your policy on the use of e-cigarettes was last reviewed, if it is under review, and/or if it is due to be under review in the near future.
 

8. The Government's Tobacco Control Plan explicitly states that "Public Health England has produced guidance for employers and organisations looking to introduce policies around e-cigarettes and vaping in public and recommend such policies to be evidence based. PHE recommends that e-cigarette use is not covered by smokefree legislation and should not be routinely included in the requirements of an organisation's smokefree policy". If the council has not reviewed its policy since the publication of this control plan, does it have any plans to do so in the future?
 

9. Are councillors due to debate/discuss the Government's Tobacco Control Plan and/or Public Health England's advice on vaping policies?

 

Response:

Please find attached Northumberland County Council’s Smokefree Workplace policy. It has
not changed since the request last year. Additional information should be noted that the
Northumberland Stop Smoking Service supports the use of e-cigarettes by clients wishing to
quit smoking by this method.


All of NCCs policies are subject to review over a rolling period but this one has not yet been
reviewed. When it is, it will be subject to evidence and guidance consideration.
Councillors are not due to debate/discuss the guidance cited


Attachments:

3116 - IT system for youth offending / youth justice

Details:

Reference Number: 3116
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

Who supplies your Youth Offending/Youth Justice system?

What is the annual cost of support and maintenance for this solution?

When does your contract expire with this supplier?

 

Response:

The systems supplier is CACI

Cost for 2017/18 support and maintenance was £9673.05

Standard annual review - no specified expiry date


3117 - Apprenticeships

Details:

Reference Number: 3117
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

1. Total number of apprentices employed by you?

2a. List of job description(s) / job role(s) being carried out by apprentices
2b. The total number of apprentice(s) appointed in each role (listed in the answer to 2a)
2c. For newly recruited apprentices– what is the apprentice rate of pay (per hour) for each of the listed job descriptions/job roles?

3. Are apprentices on the same terms and conditions as your permanent employees? Yes / No

4. Traineeships are positions offered by employers to those aged 16-24 who are considered ‘not ready’ to take up an apprenticeship or job. Such positions last between 16 weeks and 6 months. Does your organisation offer traineeships? Yes / No

4b. If your organisation offers traineeships, do you pay them? Yes / No

5. What is the apprenticeship completion rate in your organisation in 2016/17?

6. Do apprentices have a guarantee of a job at the end of the scheme? Yes/No

7. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts for 2017/18, what proportion of new starts have come from: (a) Recruitment of new apprentices from external sources (including training providers); (b) Transfer of existing staff to the apprentice programme; (c) Other (Please specify)

8. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you reduced recruitment of staff who are not apprentices? Yes / No

9. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you opted not to replace non-apprentice staff when they have left? Yes / No

Response:

1. The total number of apprentices employed by the Council changes each month, as we run a rolling programme of recruitment throughout the year. At the time of the FOI the total number of apprentices employed in the council and maintained schools is 174.

2a.
We have generic job descriptions we use for apprentices across a range of occupations:
· Administration and Office Support Apprentice
· Childcare Apprentice
· Data and Performance Apprentice
· Customer Service Apprentice
· Hospitality Apprentice
· Local Services Horticulture Apprentice
· Local Service Construction Apprentice
· Local Service Highways Apprentice
· Teaching Assistant and Specialist Teaching Assistant Apprentice
· IT and Technical Services Apprentice

2b.
· Administration and Office Support Apprentice - 75
· Childcare Apprentice - 8
· Data and Performance Apprentice - 2
· Customer Service Apprentice - 5
· Hospitality Apprentice - 2
· Local Services Horticulture Apprentice - 3
· Local Service Construction Apprentice - 6
· Local Service Highways Apprentice - 12
· Teaching Assistant and Specialist Teaching Assistant Apprentice - 55
· IT and Technical Services Apprentice - 6

2c. All apprentices are recruited on the national minimum wage for apprentices, currently £3.50 per hour.
After one year of service their hourly rate rises to the national minimum wage for their age, with the exception of 25+ who are paid at the Northumberland Living wage rate which is £7.85 per hour (above the National Living Wage of £7.50 per hour)

3. Yes

4. Yes

4b. No

5. Overall success is 85.5%.
Timely success rates are 79.9%.

6. No. However 96.9% of apprentices progress into positive destinations of higher apprenticeships and employment on completion.

7. 78% of apprentices are from category a – recruitment of new apprentices from external sources.
22% of apprentices are from category c – upskilling of existing staff where this is required for a new or changed job role.

8. No

9. No


3127 - Bullying in schools (racism)

Details:

Reference Number: 3127
Request Date: 26/09/2017

Question:

Please provide the following information in relation to the number of bullying incidents deemed to be racists at all Northumberland schools:

-How many bullying incidents deemed to be racially-motivated have been detected at schools in the Northumberland local authority area each year? Please provide figures for past five years.

 

Response:

We are unable to provide the requested figures. In Northumberland we do not collect data from our schools on all types of bullying. We do, however, collect racist incidents and monitor community tensions. Not every racist incident will have been as a the result of bullying. Many staff challenge and record racist jokes or incitement to discrimination on topics such as migration and asylum or following terrorist attacks. Many of these incidents do not have a target or victim ascribed.


3132 - Troubled families programme

Details:

Reference Number: 3132
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I would like to request some information regarding the first phase of the Troubled Families Programme.

Page 23 of the Troubled Families Financial Framework for phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme (available here) states, in respect of claims made for adults moving off out-of-work benefits and into 'continuous employment', that:

Remaining in ‘continuous employment’ will need to be self-certified by the local authority, using locally determined verification systems, as Jobcentre Plus do not collect this information.

I would therefore like to request the following information, under the Freedom of Information Act:
Could you please tell me what locally determined verification systems you used to establish that adults who had moved off out-of-work benefits were in continuous employment for the period of time required to make a claim for success in the ‘achieving continuous employment result’. (i.e. how did you establish locally that the adult was in continuous employment and not just 'off' out-of-work benefits).

 

Response:

Only those individuals where employment was stated as the reason for ceasing to claim benefits were considered for this category. This was followed up periodically by Troubled Families Employment Advisers to ascertain whether they were indeed in employment. This information was corroborated by workers who were engaged with the families and reported on the employment status of household members. Benefits claim data from the DWP was monitored to check that any such individuals did not reappear as a benefits claimant.


3134 - Education information

Details:

Reference Number: 3134
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I write to ask you to provide me with information regarding the education and school placements given to children under 16 years of age with Special Educational Needs.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like you to supply me with the information requested for the past two school years (2015/16 and 2016/17).

I would ask you to provide the information in an excel document, broken down under the following headings:

Academic Year (2015/16 and 2016/17)
Category of Need (BESD, ASD, etc.)
Name of School
Type of school - (Maintained/non-maintained/independent)
Type of placement - (Day or 38 week placement)
Cost of placement per year

 

Response:

See attachment.


Please note the following to avoid identifiable data:
Grand Total 10 or less is represented by X
Individual need 5 or less is represented by X


Attachments:

3135 - Pupil referral unit/alternative provision

Details:

Reference Number: 3135
Request Date: 28/09/2017

Question:

1. Please can you provide how many primary school pupils attended a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision in each of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in academic or financial years, however this information is held).

1 a) If possible, please can you also break this down separately to those children aged 5 and under 5.

2. Please can you provide how many spaces you have available for primary school aged children in a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision?

3. Please can you provide how many primary school aged children are on a waiting list for a place in a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision ?

4. If possible, please could you provide how long on average a primary school aged child will attend a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision ?

5. a) Please can you provide how much it costs on average per primary school aged child to attend a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision for: one week and one month.

b) Please can you provide how much it costs on average per primary school aged child to attend a mainstream primary school for: one week and one month.

 

Response:

1.
2013-14 = 18 pupils
2014-15 = 16 pupils
2015-16 = 18 pupils
2016-17 = 14 pupils

1a) No pupils aged 5 and under.

2. There is not a set number of places for primary aged children - places are given and classes organised on a demand basis.

3. No waiting list at present - although we do have a high number of enquiries for placements throughout the academic year.

4.
2013-14 average primary placement = 26 weeks
2014-15 average primary placement = 40 weeks
2015-16 average primary placement = 45 weeks
2016-17 average primary placement = 33 weeks

5a) There is no average - it varies widely between individual children

b) There is no average - it varies widely between schools and individual children


3140 - Transgender children

Details:

Reference Number: 3140
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

1- the number of transgender children currently being taught in pupil-referral units in your local authority

2- the number of children referred by schools in your authority to Camhs services in the academic year 2016-17

 

3- the number of these children who have been able to access Camhs services since their referral

 

Response:

1. Children who experience gender dysphoria are particularly vulnerable to bullying and discrimination and are protected by law to have their confidentiality protected from the moment they tell someone. In Northumberland schools we support every young person to live in the gender with which they identify. There is no mechanism by which a school should record a child's gender identity as 'transgender'. The binary identities male and female are ascribed in accordance with the DfE guidance to completing the School Census. P. 63:
5.2.9 Pupil gender [ALL schools] The gender of the pupil in the format of ‘M’ (Male) or ‘F’ (Female). In exceptional circumstances, a school may be unsure as to which gender should be recorded for a particular pupil. Where this occurs, gender is recorded according to the wishes of the pupil and / or parent

2. You would need to contact CAMHS services direct as the Local Authority does not hold this information.

3. You would need to contact CAMHS services direct as the Local Authority does not hold this information.