Details:

Reference Number: 5375
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of children currently used by the council as juvenile Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) 

Q.2 How many of those children are care-experienced (in the care system now or in the past) 

Q.3 The age of each of the children 

Q.4 The ethnic background of each of the children 

Q.5 How long each child has been working as a CHIS at the council 

Q.6 How much each child is paid/ how each child is compensated for working as a CHIS

A. We do not use CHIS's within Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5386
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Are you intending to cover the cost of the EU settlement scheme fee for your employees affected by Brexit?
A.1 Yes, Northumberland County Council intend to reimburse employees who use the scheme once evidence is provided that they have been accepted in the scheme.

Q.2 How many EU national employees do you estimate have applied or will need to apply under the scheme?
A.2 Data is limited and we hope to have more information with the use of an updated employee self service system within our electronic HR systems around the time the scheme comes into play.

Q.3 If you are covering their fees, what is your estimate for how much in total the cost is to you?
A.3 Due to above the costs are unknown but as we have been part of the pilot scheme within social care and had no take up, the cost may be nominal.


Details:

Reference Number: 5418
Request Date: 15/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 For the years 2015-2017 (separately) please provide the total number of families who were support by the local authority pursuant to section 17 of the Children's Act 1989 (section 17 support.) 
A.1       
2015 CiN Involvement - 2216 families
2016 CiN Involvement - 2446 families
2017 CiN Involvement - 2733 families

Q.2 Of the number above at 1, please provide the number of families who received section 17 support in the form of financial subsistence because although they were ineligible by Schedule 3(1) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act (NIAA) 2002 that support was deemed necessary to avoid a breach of their rights under the European Convention on Human RIghts (Schedule 3 (3) (a) NIAA 2002). 
A.2  8 families

Q.3 Of the number above at question 2, how many were families with lone parents? 
A.3 Less than 5

Q.4 Of the number above at question 2, how many included women?
A.4  6

Q.5 Of the number above at question 2, how many children under 18 years old were in the household? 
A.5  14

Q.6 Of the number above at question 2, what was the average size of the household in total (in adults and children)? 
A.6  4.5

Q.7 Of the number above at question 2, what was the average duration of the period in receipt of section 17 Children Act 1989 support? 
A.7  8.5 weeks
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5434
Request Date: 17/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many young carers under the age of 18 are identified in your area?
 
2008/09
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13 
2013/14
2014/15 
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18  
This year to date.
 
A.1 We are unable to provide this information.
 
Q.2 Does your area run a dedicated service for Young Carers (under the age of 18)?
 
A.2 Yes
 
Q.3 Details of how much was spent on support for young carers in –
 
2008/09
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13 
2013/14
2014/15 
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18  
This year to date.
 
A.3 
2008/09  Details not recorded
2009/10 Details not recorded  
2010/11 Details not recorded  
2011/12 Details not recorded  
2012/13 - £10,128
2013/14 - £14,727.52
2014/15 - £17,422.56
2015/16 - £38,314.79
2016/17 - £34,457.24
2017/18 - £32,685
This year to date - £24,093.87


Details:

Reference Number: 5452
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many looked after or fostered children reached care-leaving age in 2018/19?
 
A.1 Care-leaving age has been taken to mean 17 (as the youngest care-leaver cohort is 17 and 18 year olds). Also assumed the requester is asking about how many of our current LAC will reach this age over the course of 2018/19: 28
 
Q.2 Of those, how many requested a personal advisor or further support from the council?
 
A.2 All care leaving young people are allocated an 18+  personal advisor up to the age of 21 years, they are offered ongoing support up to the age of 25 years if they want to access this also.
 
Q.3 Did any of those cease the arrangement for further support or a personal advisor in the same year?
 
A.3 No
 
Q.4 How is further support/personal advisors for care leavers resourced? Ie how many members of staff are there for how many care leavers
 
A.4 There are currently 4 x Social Work Support Assistant Personal advisors holding an average caseload of 30 cases from the ages of 17 up to 21/25
 
Q.5 Is there currently a waiting list or backlog for personal advisors? If so, how long is it?
 
A.5 No
 
Q.6 How many former (including the 2018/19 intake) care leavers in total are currently receiving further support from the council?
 
A.6  109
 
Q.7 Is there a drop-out or disengagement rate recorded? If so, what is it?
 
A.7 No


Details:

Reference Number: 5488
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please provide the number of Romanian Nationals resident in Northumberland.
Should you not have this information, please provide an estimate.
If you are unable to provide an overall estimate, please provide partial figures on the number of Romanian Nationals that you have data on; such as (but not limited to) employment, enrollment in education, registration on electoral rolls etc.

A.1 I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Romanians residing in Northumberland.

I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council. 

However, The Office for National Statistics produce estimates of the population by Local Authority by Country of Birth and Nationality. Please find a link to data that might be useful in assisting with your request - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/datasets/populationoftheunitedkingdombycountryofbirthandnationalityunderlyingdatasheets 

There is no data from Northumberland on the number of Romanian nationals due to disclosure control i.e. numbers are too small to release.  There is data available on country of birth from the Census but this information is now 8 years out of date - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/datasets/populationoftheunitedkingdombycountryofbirthandnationality
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5490
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of safeguarding alerts which have been triggered concerning children in children's homes over the last 4 full financial years (including 2017/18) broken down by the following:

Q.1a in total, 

A.1a  6

Q.1b child sexual exploitation safeguarding alerts, 

A.1b  6

Q.1c sexual abuse safeguarding alerts, 

A.1c  0

Q.1d child criminal exploitation safeguarding alerts (frequently 'county lines') 

A.1d  0

Q.2 The number of safeguarding alerts which have triggered an investigation under Organised/Complex Abuse procedures concerning children’s homes and their staff over the last 4 full financial years (including 2017/18). Organised/ Complex Abuse is defined as abuse involving one or more abusers and a number of related or non-related abused children. A definition can be found in Section 8.1 here: http://www.londoncp.co.uk/chapters/organised_complex.html#define

A.2  0

Q.3 Over the last financial year (April 2017- March 2018), on how many occasions where looked after children went missing and were then found, were they found to have been:

Q.3a sexually assaulted or exploited while they were missing

A.3a  0

Q.3b involved in the sale of drugs while they were missing

Please include all known incidences. Most of this information will be produced by Independent Return interviews which are conducted after children in care go missing. The findings are shared with the local authority when produced by a different authority on their behalf. Please see this link for more information:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/208528/Statutory_guidance_on_children_who_run_away_or_go_missing_from_home_or_care_consultation_-_final.pdf

A.3b  2

Q.4 Please provide the highest amount paid on all services provided to an individual Looked After Child in the last financial year (2017/18)? 

A.4 Residential Placement £218,582.86

Q.5 Please provide the highest amount paid on semi-independent accommodation for an individual child for the last financial year (2017/18)? 

A.5 Supported Accommodation £74,969.00

This request refers to children's homes only apart from question 5.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5493
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Unseen piloted safe accommodation for potentially trafficked foreign migrant children. The service was developed with local authority, police and governmental partners and was Ofsted registered. Through running this service we became aware of some systemic barriers that fundamentally prevent children from accessing the care and protection they need.
 
We would like to know, for each local authority in the UK:
 
Q.1 How many potentially trafficked children you have identified in the last 12 months? 
 
A.1 Less than 5
 
Q.2 How many of these children have been non-UK Nationals? 
 
A.2  0
 
Q.3 Of the children identified what type of care placements have been sought? (foster care, secure, supported accommodation, children’s home, living independently) 
 
A.3  0
 
Q.4 How many children in this cohort have subsequently a) remained in their original placement b) moved to a different placement c) gone missing short-term (72 hours or less) or d) gone missing long-term (over 72 hours)?
 
A.4  0


Details:

Reference Number: 5500
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many adult social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.1 We do not have any agency staff in the adult social work workforce and we currently have 152 adult social workers (Northumbria Health Care Trust and Northumberland County Council employed)
    
Q.2 How many children social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.2  144 front line social workers (excluding IRO, deputy managers, team managers, senior managers). There are 4 agency social work staff employed in children's services as at 11/02/2019.
 
Q.3 How many transition team social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.3 We do not have a specific transitions team. 
 
Q.4 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
 
A.4 £69,560
 
Q.5 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
 
A.5 £61,590
 
Q.6 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
 
A.6 N/A
 
Q.7 Was any of your training budget made up by grants? If so, how much?
 
A.7 No grants received 
 
Q.8 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
Q.8a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.8b What was the price per course?
 
Q.8c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.8d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.8 Please see attached document
 
Q.9 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
Q.9a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.9b What was the price per course?
 
Q.9c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.9d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.9 As above, costs shared between both budgets.
 
Q.10 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
Q.10a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.10b What was the price per course?
 
Q.10c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.10d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.10 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5500
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many adult social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

A.1 We do not have any agency staff in the adult social work workforce and we currently have 152 adult social workers (Northumbria Health Care Trust and Northumberland County Council employed)
    
Q.2 How many children social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

A.2  144 front line social workers (excluding IRO, deputy managers, team managers, senior managers). There are 4 agency social work staff employed in children's services as at 11/02/2019.

Q.3 How many transition team social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

A.3 We do not have a specific transitions team. 

Q.4 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?

A.4 £69,560

Q.5 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for children social workers?

A.5 £61,590

Q.6 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?

A.6 N/A

Q.7 Was any of your training budget made up by grants? If so, how much?

A.7 No grants received 

Q.8 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
Q.8a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.8b What was the price per course?

Q.8c Who delivered each course?

Q.8d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.8 Please see attached document

Q.9 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
Q.9a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.9b What was the price per course?

Q.9c Who delivered each course?

Q.9d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.9 As above, costs shared between both budgets.

Q.10 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
Q.10a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.10b What was the price per course?

Q.10c Who delivered each course?

Q.10d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.10 N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5511
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 In the 2018 calendar year how many children did you take into care (either interim of full care orders) where the child concerned was recorded as being transgender?
 
A.1  0
 
Q.2 How many of these children were recorded in your records as undertaking medical or counselling services with a view to having a having a sex change procedure?
 
A.2  0
 
Q.3 In how many of these cases was part of the reason for taking the child into care the friction/dispute/arguments between the parents/carers of the child and the child in relation to this desire to have a sex change procedure?
 
A.3  0


Details:

Reference Number: 5525
Request Date: 01/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I'd like to make a Freedom of Information Request to your Local Authority in relation to children leaving care;

Q.1 Please give the name of your Local Authority?

Q.2 How many children were defined as in care or 'looked after' within your local authority in the following financial years;
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018
NB – If you do not have the information in financial years please answer (a)2014, (b)2015, (c)2016, (d)2017, (e)2018

Q.3 What was your planned monetary budget set aside solely for children in care in the following financial years;
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

Q.4 What did you spend on children in care in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

Q.5 How many care leavers did you support in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018
NB – If you do not have the information in financial years please answer (a)2014, (b)2015, (c)2016, (d)2017, (e)2018

Q.6 What was your planned monetary budget set aside solely for leaving care services in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

Q.7 What did you spend on children leaving care services in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

A.1 - A.7 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5544
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Not all questions will be applicable to all councils. Please note which questions are based on ownership and which questions are based on funding.

Libraries

Q.1 Please list the libraries that were owned by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.1 Please see the attached spreadsheet
 
If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

Q.2 Please list the libraries that are owned by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.2 Please see the attached spreadsheet
 
Q.3 Where a facility listed in response to question 1 is not listed in response to question 2, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.3 Please see attached spreadsheet

Youth centres

Q.4 Please list the youth centres that were owned by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

A.4   
Prudhoe East Centre, 37 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5DQ
Ponteland Youth Block , Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EY
Alnwick Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1DN
Morpeth Youth Club, Cottingwood Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1DN
 
Q.5 Please list the youth centres that are owned by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.5   
Prudhoe East Centre, 37 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5DQ
Ponteland Youth Block , Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EY
Alnwick Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1DN
 
Q.6 Where a facility listed in response to question 4 is not listed in response to question 5, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.6 Morpeth Youth Club was based on the site of King Edward VI school and in 2016 the building reverted to school control.
 
Community centres

Q.7 Please list the community centres that were owned by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.7 Please see attached spreadsheet.
 
If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

Q.8 Please list the community centres that are owned by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.8 Please see attached spreadsheet.
 
Q.9 Where a facility listed in response to question 7 is not listed in response to question 8, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.9 The only Community Centre disposed of by NCC since 2010/11 is:
Bedlington Community Centre - Transferred to West Bedlington Town Council - September 2011.

Children's centres

Please note that this section is based on the funding of centres, including but not limited to centres that were/are owned by the council.
 
Q.10 Please list the children's centres/Sure Start centres that were funded by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

A.10 There were 20 in total, 16 are still open , all listed on NCC children's centre website via this link:

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Family/Childcare/Sure-Start-children-s-centres-in-Northumberland.aspx

The four that were de-registered to DfE were:
Cramlington East NE23 3ST
Pegswood - NE61 6XG
Choppington - NE625RR
Lynemouth - NE61 5DD
 
Q.11 Please list the children's centres/Sure Start that are funded by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.11 As above, all available on website via link in Q10
 
Q.12 Where a facility listed in response to question 10 is not listed in response to question 11, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.12  4 centres as above

Subsidised bus routes

Q.13 Please list the bus routes that were subsidised by the council in 2010/11, including the operator of each route; the operator and route number will suffice

A.13 Please see the attached document.
 
If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

Q.14 Please list the bus routes that are subsidised by the council in 2018/19, including the operator of each route; the operator and route number will suffice

A.14 Please see the attached document.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5548
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

 
Q.1   For each financial year 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018-present, how many S.42 safeguarding reports/enquiries have the local authorities recorded under the Care Act 2014, involving the abuse and neglect of patients under 65 years old with learning disabilities and/or autism, detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in an NHS or independent sector hospital with a specialism in assessment or medical treatment for persons with learning disabilities and/or autism? Please list the names of the care provider and the number of reports of safeguarding incidents for each.

Q.2   In connection to the above, please list the type of safeguarding enquiries/reports (as per below) for each private provider:
a. Neglect and acts of omission
b. Emotional/psychological abuse
c. Physical abuse
d. Sexual abuse
e. Medication
f. Discriminatory abuse
g. Other type of abuse as recorded by the local authority

Q.3   In connection to the above Q1 and Q2, please provide the person alleged to be responsible for the reported safeguarding report/enquiry:
a. paid employee
b. other service user
c. agency staff member
d. family member or visitor
e. outside health professional (eg doctor psychiatrist)
f. other

Q.4   In connection to Q1, please provide the number of investigations that concluded during each financial year 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018-present and the number, which resulted in:
a. non-criminal investigations
b. criminal investigations
NB. For each of the questions, if some of the hospital settings provide services for both patients over 65 and under, please refer to the ones under 65.

A.1 - A.4     Based on the information we hold, there were four enquiries under Section 42 of the Care Act 2014, or equivalent enquiries under the national framework for safeguarding adults which was in place before April 2015, which fell within the scope of your query.  Details of these is in the attached spreadsheet.
Adult Social Care:   cost of care
Children & Families:   looked after children
Children & Families:   foster care and adoptions
Finance & Payments:   funding for care homes
Politics, Policies & Minutes:   Policies & Legislation
Children & Families:   Funding for care homes - TO BE ADDED
The department holding the information is that which has lead responsibility for dealing with kinship (also known as family and friends care) support and placements. 
Please note that the information gleaned will be analysed and inform the evidence gathering stage of the work of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care.
Please provide the following information that your local authority holds: 

Q.1   Provide a link to your local authority’s kinship care policy (this may also be known as your family and friends care policy).

A.1    https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Looked-after/Fostering.aspx#familyfriendscare

Q.2   Does your local authority have a named designated lead 
manager responsible for kinship care (also known as family and friends care)? If so, what is their name and contact details, and what is the title of their substantive post?

A.2   Liz Spaven, Senior Manager - Family Placements

liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.3   Does your local authority have a written policy and/or procedure that sets out financial support for children in kinship care under the following arrangements, and if so, please provide a copy of the policy and/or procedure(s):
a) Children placed or living in family and friends care overall (encompassing all the different types of arrangements below)
b) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
c) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
d) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
e) Children living in private fostering arrangements?
f) Children living in kinship care informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.3   See attached document

Link to private fostering info:  https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/privatefostering.aspx

Q.4    See the attached document

Q.5   Do you have a written policy about how kinship carers can access legal advice including, how this is funded?   If yes, please provide this.
If you do not have a written policy, what guidelines do you use in determining whether to pay for independent legal advice or representation for a kinship carer or potential kinship carer? E.g. an initial consultation for £x.

A.5   See attached document

Q.6    Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, what was the total local authority budget spent on all children placed or living in family and friends care overall?
Can this be broken down by total local authority spend on:
a) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
b) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
c) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
d) Children living in informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.6    See answer to question 4
 
Q.7    Please state how many looked-after children were placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018.

A.7     67

Q.8     Of the number of looked after children placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018, how many were previously placed by the local authority in: 

Q.8a)   A foster placement (or placements) with unrelated carers? 

A.8a)    8

Q.8b)    A different family and friends foster placement? 

A.8b)    5

Q.8c)    A residential children’s home setting? 

A.8c)    0

Q.8d)   Any other provision for looked-after children?

A.8d)   0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5549
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Provide a link to your local authority’s kinship care policy (this may also be known as your family and friends care policy).

A.1    https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Looked-after/Fostering.aspx#familyfriendscare

Q.2   Does your local authority have a named designated lead 
manager responsible for kinship care (also known as family and friends care)? If so, what is their name and contact details, and what is the title of their substantive post?

A.2   Liz Spaven, Senior Manager - Family Placements

liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.3   Does your local authority have a written policy and/or procedure that sets out financial support for children in kinship care under the following arrangements, and if so, please provide a copy of the policy and/or procedure(s):
a) Children placed or living in family and friends care overall (encompassing all the different types of arrangements below)
b) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
c) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
d) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
e) Children living in private fostering arrangements?
f) Children living in kinship care informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.3   See attached document

Link to private fostering info:  https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/privatefostering.aspx

Q.4    See the attached document

Q.5   Do you have a written policy about how kinship carers can access legal advice including, how this is funded?   If yes, please provide this.
If you do not have a written policy, what guidelines do you use in determining whether to pay for independent legal advice or representation for a kinship carer or potential kinship carer? E.g. an initial consultation for £x.

A.5   See attached document

Q.6    Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, what was the total local authority budget spent on all children placed or living in family and friends care overall?
Can this be broken down by total local authority spend on:
a) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
b) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
c) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
d) Children living in informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.6    See answer to question 4
 
Q.7    Please state how many looked-after children were placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018.

A.7     67

Q.8     Of the number of looked after children placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018, how many were previously placed by the local authority in: 

Q.8a)   A foster placement (or placements) with unrelated carers? 

A.8a)    8

Q.8b)    A different family and friends foster placement? 

A.8b)    5

Q.8c)    A residential children’s home setting? 

A.8c)    0

Q.8d)   Any other provision for looked-after children?

A.8d)   0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5553
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide the following information, where data is available, regarding youth services budgets and provision. For each year since 2011/12 (or the earliest available data) until 2018/19, your council’s:

Q.1   Overall budget for youth services;

A1. 2011/12 - £1,006,960
2012/13 - £1,026,940
2013/14 - £1,041,430
2014/15 - £1,088,460
2015/16 - £1,052,880
2016/17 - £896,470
2017/18 - £926,320
2018/19 - £665,120
 

Q.2   Number of youth centres supported by the council;

A.2   Since 2009 Northumberland Youth Service has directly managed four centres (Alnwick, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Morpeth). Other bases for provision are directly managed by schools such as academies and the voluntary sector. Formal arrangements are in place for the Youth Service to operate in these centres. Since 2016 the youth block at Morpeth reverted to school control reducing this number to three.
 

Q.3    Number of full-time equivalent council-employed youth service staff/workers;
A.3 2011/12 - Unavailable
2012/13 - Unavailable
2013/14 - Unavailable
2014/15 - 35.85
2015/16 - 31.30
2016/17 - 28.88
2017/18 - 27.63
2018/19 - 20.45
 

Q.4   Number of places for young people in youth services.
A.4   NorThumberland Youth Service has operated since 2009 on the principle of open access and does not limit the number of young people who can come to one of its sessions. The only exception may be if to admit any more proved to be a health and safety issue.
 

Q.5   The number of youth centres or major youth projects in your area that have closed since 2011.

A.5   No centres have closed as a direct result of cuts to youth centres. Those that have ceased to operate have usually had different reasons:

Ashington - Hirst High School - Became an Academy

Ashington - Ashington High School - Site demolished to form new building.

It is worth noting that we now operate out of two alternative Ashington sites to replace this.

Beacon Hill - Failed due to management issues

Newbrough - The decision was made to shut this session as attendance was so low.

Morpeth Youth Block - Due to change of use by the school.
 

Q.6   Any confirmed spending for youth services for 2019/20 and any anticipated youth centre closures.

A.6   The estimated budget for 19/20 is £671,440. There are no anticipated youth centre closures.



Details:

Reference Number: 5574
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please therefore treat these requests separately.
 

Q.1     The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were unaccompanied asylum seeking children, i.e. were in this country alone and not accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom :

Q.1a)          a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1a)      0

 

Q.1b)           a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1b)      0

 

Q.1c)           a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1c)      0

 

Q.1d)           a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18.

 

A.1d)      0

 

Q.1e) there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18.  

 

A.1e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.
 

Q.2     The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were seeking asylum but where they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

Q.2a)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2a)      0

 

Q.2b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2b)      0

 

Q.2c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2c)      0

 

Q.2d)     a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2d)      0

 

Q.2e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

A.2e)      0

 

Q.3   The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were seeking asylum but where it is unclear whether or not they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

Q.3a      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3a)      0

 

Q.3b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3b)      0

 

Q.3c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3c)      0

 

Q.3d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3d)      0

 

Q.3e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18  

 

A.3e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.4        The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were foreign nationals - but who were not counted in the answers to 1, 2 or 3 above, perhaps because it was not clear they were seeking asylum 

- this could include refugees, migrants, or words to that effect and other foreign nationals whose immigration status is unclear 

– and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” 

– or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

Q.4a)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4a)      0

 

Q.4b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4b)      0

 

Q.4c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4c)      0

 

Q.4d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4d)      0

 

Q.4e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.5     The number of British national children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were foreign nationals – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

Q.5a)     a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5a)      0

 

Q.5b)     a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5b)      0

 

Q.5c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5c)      0

 

Q.5d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5d)      0

 

Q.5e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5e)      0

 

For each case counted in requests 1-5 please detail:

The date of the death or suicide attempt

The type and name of the review

When the review began (even if prior to April 2016)

Current status of the review – i.e. ongoing or completed

The individual’s nationality

Whether they were or had been in the care of your local authority and/or had status as a care leaver (state which)

The age they claimed to be and whether their age had been disputed (if so please state which authority disputed their age and in what way, e.g. assessed as being an adult by the local authority when they claimed to be a child)

The term/terms used to describe their immigration status

Whether they were unaccompanied by family or accompanied by family, or you do not have this information in the unlikely event that is the case

Where the death or suicide attempt occurred including type of location, e.g. children’s home, foster home, park, private accommodation and place name (city/town/village and county)

Why no review took place if applicable

Why a learning review or similar was held instead of a Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Safeguarding Adult review or similar in cases where this is applicable.  In each case, please state the reason for this



Details:

Reference Number: 5576
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were unaccompanied asylum seeking young people, i.e. were in this country alone and not accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom :

A.1     No young people have died in Northumberland in the circumstances covered by any of questions 1 to 4 of your FOI in 2016/17 or 2017/18. 


a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.2   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were seeking asylum but where they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.2     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.3   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were seeking asylum but where it is unclear whether or not they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.3     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.4   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were foreign nationals - but who were not counted in the answers to 1, 2 or 3 above, perhaps because it was not clear they were seeking asylum - this could include refugees, migrants, or words to that effect and other foreign nationals whose immigration status is unclear – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.4     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.5   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were British nationals – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.5     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.6   For each case counted in requests 1-5 please detail:

 

The date of the death or suicide attempt

The type and name of the review

When the review began (even if prior to April 2016)

Current status of the review – i.e. ongoing or completed

The individual’s nationality

Whether they were or had been in the care of your local authority and/or had status as a care leaver (state which)

The age they claimed to be and whether their age had been disputed (if so please state which authority disputed their age and in what way, e.g. assessed as being an adult by the local authority when they claimed to be a child)

The term/terms used to describe their immigration status

Whether they were unaccompanied by family or accompanied by family, or you do not have this information in the unlikely event that is the case

Where the death or suicide attempt occurred including type of location, e.g. children’s home, foster home, park, private accommodation and place name (city/town/village and county)

Why no review took place, if applicable

Why a learning review or similar was held instead of a Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Safeguarding Adult review or similar in cases where this is applicable.  In each case, please state the reason for this

 

A.6     We do not hold comprehensive information about young people who have died in the circumstances covered by question 5; this would be held by the coroners.  We have carried out no SARs or learning reviews about any young person falling within the scope of this question.

Question 6 is therefore not applicable.



Details:

Reference Number: 5579
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Data Period: January 1st, 2018 and December 31st 2018. 

Data Cohort: Care Leavers (i.e. a person aged between 16 and 25 years having been looked after by a local authority from 16 years old or any subsequent period after this date) in receipt of a discretionary reduction in Council Tax liability issued in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (or equivalent Council Tax Reduction legislation). 

Q.1    Date requested: a)The total number of the cohort; b) The number in receipt of 100% discretionary reduction; and c) The number in receipt of 50% or less discretionary reduction.

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5599
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many secure care accommodation facilities do you operate or have access to in your area?

A.1   Secure accommodation is a National resource and therefore access to all 14 SCH is via the national bed bank. In our North East region there are two SCH. One is operated  by Northumberland County Council the other by Durham.

Q.2   How many places are available in these facilities for young people?  

A.2   In Kyloe House (Northumberland operated) there are 12 main placements and two step down placements.

Q.3   In the past 10 years (January 2009 - January 2019) how many children and young people have you placed in secure care placements in Scotland, per year? What ages have these children been? 

A.3   Less than 5

Q.4   For all of these placements, how much has been paid to the provider of the Scottish secure care accommodation per placement?  

A.4   N/A

Q.5   Which providers have you used in Scotland to provide secure care accommodation?

Please note - If the time frame of the past 10 years is going to be too large to fit within the FOI guidelines,  please reduce this to five years (January 2014 - 2019).  

A.5   N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5615
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Please state any changes to the eligibility criteria or service offer under the council's home to school transport policy (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996) that have been enacted since April 2010. Non-substantive, purely technical alterations can be left out. Please state the month that each took effect, and provide any impact assessment that was carried out.

Q.2. For each of the following academic years - 2010/11, 2014/15, 2017/18, 2018/19 - please state the number of children aged 5-16 who received free home to school transport from (or funded by) the council (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996).

Q.3. For each of the following academic years - 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 = please state the number of children of compulsory school age with SEND statements or ECHPs who were being educated outside the local authority area

Q.4. Please list the 'out of area' local authorities where children from your local authority with SEND statements or ECHPs are currently in compulsory education, together with the number of children being educated in each local authority (where the number is three or fewer, please list the local authority even if the number is not provided)

Q.5. Does the council identifiably record the cost of external legal advice and representation for first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases (i.e. SENDIST)? If the response to question 5 is 'no' please ignore question 6.

Q.6. How much did the council spend on external legal advice and representation on first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases each financial year for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 (year to date)? If possible, please split the expenditure between cases won by the council and cases lost by the council. There is no need to split the figures between first tier and upper tier expenditure.

A.1 - A.6   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5616
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Does your organisation used a 'cloud' provider for the three IT services, either wholly or in part, listed directly below? An example of a cloud provider would be Microsoft and Office 365 which provides email, One Drive and SharePoint-online offerings. There are obviously other cloud providers.    

Q.1a    email

A.1a     yes 

Q.1b     home folders

A.1b     yes - partly 

Q.1c     'corporate' file systems

A.1c     yes - partly

If the answer for the above three is no then simply reply 'N\A' to QA, Q3 and Q3a. 

Q.2    If you use a cloud provider for any of the three IT services listed above do you back them up? Please specify which you back up. 

A.2    no

Q.3    If you do back up what product do you back them up with? 

A.3     N/A 

Q.3a  Is the back up product also a cloud provisioned service?   

A.3a   N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5631
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many young people had echp at age 15+ I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year)  (including the current financial year to date)

A.1    We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19. EHCP's have only been in place since Sept 2014 prior to that students requiring support in College provision had access to a Learning Difficulty Assessment. The LA do not have details of the number of LDAs in place.

Q.2    How many young adults requested post 16 education provision ( education which echp would be responsible for funding) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date). When I refer to post 16 education I mean any education provision from age 16 to the maximum age of 25)

A.2    We do not record information with regards to how many people requested Post 16 education provision. We can provide details on how many students had EHCPs and how many students received funding.  

Q.3    How many of the above questions were granted their request for additional education provision age 16+ (as detailed above) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date)

A.3   We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19.

Please see the attached table
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5659
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Since 1/1/2018 has the Council used an external organisation to provide Children’s Social Work project team(s) to complete a specific piece of time bound work?

Q.2      Can you confirm the number of Children’s Social Workers that were provided?

Q.3      The area they worked e.g. Children in need, Referral and Assessment, Duty etc.

Q.4      When did they start and finish? 

A.5      The name of the organisation(s) that provided the Children’s Social Workers?

Q.6      The total amount charged to the council for this service?

A.1 - A.6   We have not used an external organisation to provide a children's social work project team at all in Northumberland.



Details:

Reference Number: 5672
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     On 1st February 2019 who provided/employed the health visitors commissioned by your local authority?
A.1 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Q.2     On 1st February 2019 how many whole time equivalent health visitors were employed by that organisation?

A.2 74 WTE

 

Q.3     On 1st February 2019, how many children under-5 years of age are there in your local authority area?

A.3 There are 17050 children born and registered at GP surgeries aged 0-5 living in Northumberland from the information provided in September 2018.

 

Q.4     Are there any plans to review/change who provides health visitors in your local authority area? If there are, what timeline is being used to make these decisions?

A.4 No

 

Q.5     Who is the responsible manager for the health visiting service. Please also provide their email address. 

A.5 Karen Herne, Senior Public Health Manager

publichealth@northumberland.gov.uk

 

NB:   For your answers, please either use the NHS Digital definition of health visitor or alternatively provide the definition that you are using in your answer. If you are unable to provide data for 1st February 2019, please provide it for the nearest available date and advise what this date is. Definition used by NHS Digital re. Health visitors (notes 28 and 29 from the nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff matrix of Occupation Code Manual) 28. Please ensure to code the following as Health Visitors:  qualified nurses/midwives who also hold a qualification as a Registered Health Visitor under the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the NMC Register working directly with children and families;  qualified and registered Health Visitors who perform specific activities such as providing breastfeeding advice to parents;  family nurses working within the Family Nurse Partnership Programme who are qualified and registered as Health Visitors;  Sure Start Children’s Centre qualified and registered named Health Visitors;  managers within a Health visiting team who hold a health visiting qualification and registration and are involved in clinical work or safeguarding.  29. Please ensure that the following employees are not coded as Health Visitors: any person working in a health visiting team who does not hold a qualification and registration as a Health Visitor; any person who holds a qualification and registration as a Health Visitor but is not employed in a role where this is a requirement; managers within a health visiting team who hold health visiting qualification and registration but are not involved in clinical work or safeguarding. Please see below the general definition for ‘health visitor’ from the Occupation Code Manual: Health Visitor:   An employee who holds a qualification as a Registered Health Visitor under the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the NMC Register and who occupies a post where such a qualification is a requirement.  Not below Agenda for Change Band 6.



Details:

Reference Number: 5697
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Adoption - For each of the past 3 years: 

Q.1     How many couples/individuals applied to adopt?
A.1      16/17 = 24; 17/18 = 15; April - Nov 2018 = 6
  
Q.2     How many LGBT couples/individuals applied to adopt?
A.2      Less than 5 for each year

Q.3     How many couples/individuals were approved for adoption?
A.3      16/17 = 24; 17/18 = 14; April - Nov 2018 = 15

Q.4     How many LGBT couples/individuals were approved for adoption?
A.4      Less than 5 for each year
 
Q.5     How many couples/individuals went on to adopt a child?
A.5     ​​It is unclear if this is in relation to the above cohort of adopters approved in questions 1 & 2 therefore the info is based on the number of children adopted in the specified timeframe - the number given is families and not children adopted.

This is when the adoption order has been granted  as per the question - not when the child is placed for adoption.
​16/17 = 26; 17/18 = 16; April - Feb 2018 = 20

Q.6     How many LGBT couples/individuals went on to adopt a child? 
A.6     Less than 6 for each year
 
Q.7   What was the average wait time for approved applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.7      16/17 = 182; 17/18 = 88; April - Nov 2018 = 46

​These figures do not reflect an accurate overview due to having no context to it.  Due to it being such a small cohort, it only takes 1 or 2 applicants to have taken longer to progress through the process for individual reasons, it then impacts negatively on the average time.  
 
Q.8      What was the average wait time for approved LGBT applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.8      16/17 = 284; 17/18 = 66; April - Nov 2018 = 70

​These figures do not reflect an accurate overview due to having no context to it.  Due to it being such a small cohort, it only takes 1 or 2 applicants to have taken longer to progress through the process for individual reasons, it then impacts negatively on the average time.  
 
Q.9     What was the average age of approved applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.9      16/17 = 41; 17/18 = 41; April - Nov 2018 = 37

Q.10   What was the average age of approved LGBT applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.10    16/17 = 35; 17/18 = 36; April - Nov 2018 = 36
 
Q.11   Fostering - For each of the past 3 years: 
A.11    16/17 = 98; 17/18 = 112; April - to 19/03/19 = 64

Q.12   How many couples/individuals applied to foster?
​​​​A.12    Less than 5 for each year

Q.13   How many LGBT couples/individuals applied to foster?
A.13    ​16/17 = 42; 17/18 = 33; April - 19/03/19 = 35

Q.14   How many couples/individuals were approved to foster?
A.14    ​Less than 5 for each year

Q.15   How many LGBT couples/individuals were approved to foster?
A.15    All approved carers have progressed to having a child placed with them
 
Q.16   How many couples/individuals went on to foster a child?
A.16    All approved carers have progressed to having a child placed with them
 
Q.17   How many LGBT couples/individuals went on to foster a child? 
A.17    All approved carers have progressed to having a child placed with them

Q.18   What was the average wait time for approved applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.18    16/17 = 11; 17/18 = 10; April - 19/03/19 = 6

Q.19   What was the average wait time for approved LGBT applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.19    16/17 = 9; 17/18 = 8; April - 19/03/19 = 8

Q.20  What was the average age of approved applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.20    16/17 = 48; 17/18 = 51; April - 19/03/19  = 4

Q.21   What was the average age of approved LGBT applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.21    16/17 = 35; 17/18 = 35; April - 19/03/19  = 34
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5700
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Please could you provide a copy of the local authority’s most recent sufficiency statement for looked after children services?

A.1      See attached

Q.2      Please could you let me know when the local authority plans to publish the next update to its sufficiency statement for looked after children services.

A.2      April/May 2019 

Q.3      Please could you provide information on the following:
-  In 2018, of all of the foster carer de-registrations which were initiated by the carer, how many were offered exit interviews?

A.3     All foster carers have the option of an exit interview when they resign.  This process has been developed further since November 2018 to ensure this offer is more robust and to encourage take up of the offer.  

-  In 2018, of all of the foster carer de-registrations which were initiated by the carer, please provide a summary of the reasons for deregistering

A.3      18 de-registered
3 for health 
9 for age/retired 
6 other including - new job, relationship breakdown, adoption

-  What current estimate do you have of children who will need to be fostered as part of a sibling group both now and in future years?

A.3   Placement demand changes on a day to day basis and predicting future years is not answerable without undertaking detailed analysis of children accessing services at all levels. 

-  How many foster carers are currently able to accommodate sibling groups?

A.3   49
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5721
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For the purposes of this request for information, the following definitions should be applied:
Social worker - Employee in a post requiring a professional qualification where that qualification is recorded as social worker OR employee in a non-qualified post who holds a professional qualification recorded as social worker Mental health provision - A service or role where service user eligibility is based upon mental health need

Q.1   How many social workers employed directly by the Local Authority work within mental health
Provision?
A.1. 11 people; 9.58 whole-time equivalents.  Please note that most social workers funded by Northumberland County Council are employed by the NHS, and are not included in these figures.

Q.2   Does the number above include the Approved Mental Health Professional workforce? If yes, how many social work Approved Mental Health Professionals are employed by the local authority?
A.2 It includes some of them, but others work in settings which do not meet your definition, such as our out of hours emergency duty team.  In total we have 15 active (authorised and approved) AMHPs. 8 of these are included in the figure above, and work wholly as AMHPs; the other 7 work in our out of hours team.

Q.3    Are the mental health social workers employed directly by the local authority (please indicate
all which apply):
☐ Based in local authority teams
☐ Based in NHS teams under direct local authority line management
☐ Based in NHS teams without direct local authority line management
A.3 Since you have not supplied a definition of an “NHS team”, we have answered this question in prose.  All the staff listed are managed within a structure within a partnership with an NHS FT. Management arrangements are closely intertwined, with some senior posts employed by the Council and others by the FT.  At the most senior level, the services are the responsibility of a postholder who has a joint role as Chief Executive of the Council and an Executive Director of the FT. Formally, her managerial responsibility for these posts is part of her role in the FT.

Q.4    What formal or informal arrangements does the local authority have with local NHS providers for the provision of mental health services (please describe)?
A.4 At the request of the NHS FT with responsibility for mental health services, the Section 75 partnership arrangement which was previously in place, which included integrated teams with a single line management structure, was dissolved from 2013, and social workers working in mental health services are now managed within and in most cases employed by an FT responsible for acute and community services.  Some elements of our former partnership with the mental health trust have remained in place, including an automated overnight exchange of records about services users for whom we have shared responsibility.

Q.5  Does the local authority commission any mental health social work provision from a third party
provider? If yes, which services are externally commissioned?
Date information compiled:
Contact details for final report:
A.5 Our arrangements are based on a Section 75 partnership rather than being provided as a commissioned service. Date information compiled:  Data based on establishment as at November 2018. Contact details for final report:  Stephen.corlett@northumbria.nhs.uk
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5730
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you provide information on how much money is spent each year with agencies on the educational tuition of Looked After Children, itemizing which agencies are used, and how much is spent with each?

A.1   Tuition figures for Looked after Children for last academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

Teaching Personnel    £21,426.51
Supply Desk               £ 3,105.00
PK Education             £84,172.00

Making a total Spend of £108,703.51
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5747
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I'd like to make a Freedom of Information Request regarding the number of siblings who have been separated when in the care of your local authority over the last three years. How many siblings in the care system of your local authority have been separated since 1st January 2016 to present?  Please provide a breakdown of the numbers by year.

A.1   In 2015/16, 1 sibling group was separated where this wasn't the plan
         In 2016/17, no sibling groups were separated where this wasn't the plan
         In 2017/18, 2 sibling groups were separated where this wasn't the plan
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5752
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The total number of FTE equivalent child and separately, adult, social worker posts for each year for the last ten years. 

A.1   Please see the attached document.

Q.2 The percentage vacancy rate for each quarter for each of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social workers posts. 

A.2 We do not hold this information

Q.3    The percentage of agency staff for each quarter for each of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social worker posts.

A.3    Refused based on the time needed to get the data. Justification below:

In order to collate this information we would have to generate reports on a weekly basis. For the time period in question this would be 520 reports, which take approximately 5 minutes to prepare. This would therefore total over 43 hours of work to provide the information.

Q.4    The total number of staff for each of the last ten years that have been a) disciplined and b) dismissed for child and separately, adult, social workers posts qualified social care practitioners. 

A.4    Please see the attached document.

Please note the recording system for disciplinary issues was unavailable for large parts of 2014 and 2015. Under A) we have included those where there was a formal sanction under the Council's disciplinary policy. 

Q.5    The average caseload for a social worker for each quarter of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social workers. 

A.5     We do not hold this data in a form which would permit the construction of a meaningful time series.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5753
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The number of registered Childrens Homes operated by the Local Authority as at 1st January 2019 and as at 1st January 2018;

A.1   5

Q.2   The number of registered Childrens Homes operated by an Independent (private or voluntary) provider within your Local Authority as at 1st January 2019 and as at 1st January 2018;

LAC Statistics

A.2   8

Q.3   The number of current looked after children (LAC);

A.3   366

Q.4   The number of LAC currently placed within Local Authority Childrens homes;

A.4   11

Q.5   The number of LAC currently placed within Independent Childrens homes;

 Framework & Non-Framework Providers & Fees
 
A.5   26

Q.6   In relation to any Frameworks you currently operate with Independent Childrens Home Providers, please provide the following information (including Provider name) about the number of LAC placed with Independent Childrens Homes, the average weekly fee paid for these placements, per type specified and whether the fees include any discounts agreed with said Provider. Please also advise the totals for all placements in each type specified i.e. total average weekly fee & total no of CYP in placement.  

A.6   Please see attached spreadsheet

Q.7   As per question 6, please provide the same information; however, this time in relation to Non-Framework Providers i.e. where the Local Authority (LA) has placed with Independent Childrens Home Providers using a Spot Purchase mechanism because the Provider is not on a Framework with the LA. Please also advise the totals for all placements in each type specified i.e. total average weekly fee & total no of CYP in placement.

A.7   Please see attached spreadsheet
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5770
Request Date: 14/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      How many children went missing from children’s residential care ran by the local authority?

A.1      2015 - less than 5
2016 - less than 5
2017 - 9
2018 - 8
2019 - less than 5

Q.2      What is the youngest age of a child who went missing from residential care ran by the local authority, how long were they missing, what was the sex of the child?

A.2      2015 - 15 - female - 1 day
2016 - 13 - female - 1 day
2017 - 12 - male - 1 day
2018 - 10 - male - half an hour
2019 - 13 - male - 1 day

Q.3      What is the longest amount of time a child was missing from residential care ran by the local authority?
 
A.3       2015 - 1 day
2016 - 1 day
2017 - 1 day
2018 - 1 day
2019 - 2 days

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5774
Request Date: 15/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How do you monitor attendance and assessment data collection for look after children in your care for both in and out of area?

A.1   Every LAC has an allocated education support worker who visits them in school.  Attainment and attendance are monitored by ESW's and Northumberland Virtual School for LAC Data Officer

Q.2   How many students are monitored?

A.2   At this time, 255

Q.3   Who provides this service for you?

A.3   Northumberland Virtual School Data Officer

Q.4   What is the contract value per annum?

A.4   N/A

Q.5   When is the contract due for renewal?

A.5   N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5777
Request Date: 15/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For a child under-5 with suspected autism in your local authority, what is the duration in weeks or months from receipt of referral to a diagnosis appointment?
 
Q.2    What was the number of children aged 0 - 5 receiving a formal diagnosis of autism in the local authority in the last full year for which records are available?
 
Q.3    What was the average age of these children at the point of formal diagnosis?
 
Q.4    Does your local authority have a local autism strategy group as recommended by the NICE guidelines (Autism spectrum disorder in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis).

A.1 - A..4    Information is held by Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust and not Northumberland County Council.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5826
Request Date: 26/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide the following information broken down by each of the school years* a) 2014-15, b) 2015-16, c) 2016-17, d) 2017-18 and e) 2018-19 so far:

Q.1     Please state the total number of pupils recorded as having SEND (including SEND support and EHCPs/statements of SEN) in your local authority area across the year.
  
Numbers for Q2/Q3 have been extracted from SEN2 Return - dated January of each year (Jan - Jan)

A.1   Year             Number SEN Pupils
         2015             7784
         2016             7428
         2017             6883
         2018             6947
         Current         7069

Q.2      Of those in Q1, please state the total number of pupils who attended a private special school funded by your local authority broken down by year.

A.2 Year     Independent and Non 
                   Maintained Special Schools
    2015          86
    2016          98
    2017          117
    2018          186

Q.3     Of those in Q2, please state the total number of pupils who attended a private special school funded by your local authority that was located out of your local authority area, broken down by year.  

A.3 Year             Out of County Independent and Non
                              Maintained Special Schools
        2015             61
        2016             86
        2017             74
        2018             84

Q.4.     Please state the total expenditure on private special school places by your local authority broken down by year. *If this information is recorded in calendar / financial years by your council please provide an alternative yearly breakdown instead.

A.4 Year           Expenditure *
       2014/15     £2,703,047
       2015/16     £3,157,609
       2016/17     £4,127,528
       2017/18     £3,875,334
       2018/19     £4,634,133

* Expenditure is provided on a financial year basis;
Expenditure has not varied in line with placement numbers due to an increase is usage of lower cost providers within Northumberland since 2017/18.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5832
Request Date: 26/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      How many children did the child and social services department have contact with in 2018 where the child was in the care of social services and at risk of:

Q.1a)    child &/or forced marriage?

A.1a)     0

Q.1b)    “honour” based violence?

A.1b)    0

Q.1c)     female genital mutilation?

A.1c)     0

A.2        0

Q.2      If you hold the data requested at question 1 for child &/or forced marriage, “honour” based violence and/ or female genital mutilation as one combined figure, please provide this figure.

Q.3      How many children did the child and social services department have contact with in 2018 where the child was at risk of

A.3a)    child &/or forced marriage?

A.3a)     0

Q.3b)    “honour” based violence?

A.3b)     0

Q.3c)    female genital mutilation?

A.3c)    5- all at risk if they return to another country 

A.4      If you hold the data requested at question 3 for child &/or forced marriage, “honour” based violence and/ or female genital mutilation as one combined figure, please provide this figure.

A.4     5
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5867
Request Date: 02/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details of looked after children placed in residential children’s homes.

Q.1    The total number of looked after children the council currently (as of, or around, today’s date) has Corporate Parenting responsibility for, who are currently placed in residential children’s homes (excluding fostering placements, secure children’s homes, residential special schools registered as children’s homes, children’s homes that provide respite care or short breaks only, and unregulated settings). Please note this definition of children’s homes is the same used by the Department for Education in collating children’s homes data in the Children’s Homes Data Pack.

Q.2     A breakdown of this total showing the number of placements within the local authority, and the number outside the local authority.

A.1 & A.2   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5879
Request Date: 04/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could I please have a list of council run youth centres and clubs with their address, which have operated at any point between 2010 and 2019, along with dates of opening and closure if they started or ceased operation over the period.

A.1   Due to re-structures and changes of management the following is given as an accurate record to the best of our knowledge.

Council run Youth Centres during this period include:

Since 2009 Northumberland Youth Service has directly managed four centres (Alnwick, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Morpeth). 

Alnwick Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1DN (2011 to Present)
Ponteland Hut, Callerton Ln, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9EY (2010 to 2019)
Prudhoe East Centre, 37 Front St, Prudhoe NE42 5DQ (2010 to Present)
KEVI Youth Block, Cottingwood Ln, Morpeth NE61 1DN (2010 to 2016)

Other bases for provision are directly managed by schools such as academies and the voluntary sector. Formal arrangements are in place for the Youth Service to operate in these centres. 

Since 2016 the youth block at Morpeth reverted to school control and is used by themselves.

Since 2019 Ponteland Youth Block is subject to an asset transfer to a local childcare provider but is still available on occasion should need dictate.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5890
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many children’s playgrounds were managed by the local authority in each year from 2009-10? 

A.1   16

Q.2   How many children’s playgrounds  have been closed in each year since 2009-10? 

A.2   None

Q.3   How many children’s playgrounds  have been opened in each year since 2009-10? 

A.3   None

Q.4   How much local authority money has been spent on children’s playgrounds in each year since 2009-10? 

A.4   Children's playgrounds are managed through the use of multidisciplinary grounds maintenance and cleansing  teams. It is not possible to disaggregate the money spent on play areas alone.

Q.5   How many children’s playgrounds are proposed for closure within the next year (ie 2019-20)? 

A.5   None

Q.5   How much do you propose to spend on children's playgrounds in 2019-20?

A.5   See response to Q.4 above.

Q.6   How many children's playgrounds have been sold off to private buyers since 2009-10, who were the buyers and how much were they sold for?

A.6   None

NB Following local government reorganisation in 2008 most children's play areas other than in larger parks were transferred to Town and Parish Councils. The answers given above relate only to County Council assets.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5898
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many LEA schools provide pre-school education? 

A.1   131

Q.2  How many children are registered to attend pre-school at LEA schools?      

A.2   3064

Q.3  How many LEA schools provide reception school education?

A.3   Please see attached handbook 

Q.4  How many children are registered to attend reception at LEA schools?      

A.4   3262

Q.5  Do any of your information sources relating to Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) contain information specifically about dyslexia?      

A.5   The LAs SENCO handbook refers to dyslexia

Q.6  Do any of your information sources relating to SEND contain information specifically about Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?   
   
A.6   The Sensory Support have leaflets about APD 

Q.7  How many children in your area are registered for SEND support?      

A.7   5001  

Q.8  Do you hold information on the number of children with dyslexia registered for SEND support?     

A.8  Dyslexia is not a category of need on its own. It is often captured within Specific Learning Difficulty. 

Q.9   If yes how many are registered currently?   
   
A.9   422 pupils were identified with this need in the latest school census.

Q.10  Do you hold information on the number of children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) registered for SEND support?

A.10   Yes   

Q.11  If yes how many are registered currently?

A.11   Less than 5  

All the Local Authority Teachers of the Deaf carry out an acoustic survey of classrooms with HI learners.

Based on the results of this we offer advice about how to improve the listening environment of the classrooms.

We are aware of the BATOD mesh guidance
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5901
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Looked after children: numbers and placements

Q.1    How many children were looked after by your local authority in the following periods of time
a) Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
b) between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018
c) between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017
d) between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016

Q.2    How many children were looked after by your local authority in the following periods of time
e) At 31 March 2019
f) at 31 March 2018
g) at 31 March 2017
h) at 31 March 2016

Q.3    How many looked after children at 31 March of each year specified below were placed in the following settings outside your local authority boundaries?

Q.4    How many looked after children at 31 March of each year specified below were placed in the following settings inside your local authority boundaries?

Q.5    In the periods of time specified in the table below how many looked after children, who your local authority was responsible for, were placed outside of your local authority boundaries and how many placements did this relate to?

Q.6    In the periods of time specified in the table below how many children were placed in out of area placements more than 20 miles of their home address and how many placements this relates to?

Q.7    Of the children placed outside your local authority boundaries and in the periods of time specified in the table below how many looked after children were placed in distant placements and how many placements this relates to?

Looked after children your local authority is responsible for going missing from our of area placements

Q.8    Of the children placed outside your local authority boundaries and in the periods of time specified in the table below how many children went missing and how many missing incidents it relates to?

Q.9    Who is currently commissioned to provide RHIs to looked after children who are placed out of area?

Q.10   For the looked after children your local authority is responsible for placed outside of your local authority and for the periods of time specified in the table below how many children went missing from the following placements:

Q.11   For the looked after children your local authority is responsible for placed outside of your local authority and for the periods of time specified in the table below how missing incidents were reported from the following placements:

Looked after children from other local authorities placed in your local area

Q.12   In the periods of time specified in the table below how many looked after children were placed in your local authority by other local authorities and how many placements this relates to?

Q.13   Out of children placed in your local authority by other local authorities and in the period of time specified in the table below how many children were in distant placements?

Q.14   Out of children placed in your local authority by other local authorities and in the period of time specified in the table below how many children went missing and how many missing incidents it relates to?

A.1 - A.14    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response

Please note we do not hold information for looked after children from other local authorities placed within our local area so we are unable to provide this data.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5902
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Request for a copy of the documents containing the following information:
 
Q.1      Details of the lowest, highest and average weekly fee rates agreed with external suppliers of Independent Foster Care Services for the current year (2019/2020).
 
Example response as follows –
Lowest weekly fee rate = £461.28
Highest weekly fee rate = £1150.71
Average weekly fee rate = £746.51
 
Q.2      Details of the lowest, highest and average weekly fee rates paid to local authority carers.
 
(Please note that for questions 1 and 2, we do not require details of all rates paid to individual suppliers, simply minimum, maximum and average rates payable.)
 
Example response as follows –
Lowest weekly fee rate = £256.25
Highest weekly fee rate = £642.06
Average weekly fee rate = £416
  
Q.3     Details of the rates of each tier for independent fostering agencies (if there is a framework agreement in place), or confirmation that tier rates have not changed from the previous year.
 
Example response as follows -
Tier rates have not changed from the previous year
Or
Tier 1 (0-4) = £259.00
Tier 1 (5-10) = £282.00
Tier 1 (11+) = £327.00
Tier 1 (16+) = £372.00
 
Tier 2 (0-4) = £284.00
Tier 2 (5-10) = £307.00
Tier 2 (11+) = £352.00
Tier 2 (16+) = £397.00
 
Tier 3 (0-4) = £310.00
Tier 3 (5-10) = £333.00
Tier 3 (11+) = £378.00
Tier 3 (16+) = £423.004
 
Q.4     The number of looked after children in foster care as at 31 March 2019 and of those children, the percentage looked after by independent foster agencies.
 
Example response as follows –
There were 51 looked after children in foster care as of 31 March 2019 and of those children, 30% were looked after by independent foster agencies. 
 
A.1 - A.4   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5904
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Private SEND provision:
Q.1       How much did the local authority spend on private (independent, non state-run) special educational provision for pupils in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.1     
2016/17 - £4,127,528

2017/18 - £3,875,443
2018/19 - £4,634,133
 
Q.2        How many pupils with special educational needs did the local authority send to private SEND provision in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.2     
2016/17 - 98

2017/18 - 117
2018/19 - 186

Q.3        If any new private SEND provision has opened in the local authority in the last three years, please state a) the names of all new private SEND providers that opened b) the year they opened (between 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19)
 
A.3    Buzz Learning opened as a new Independent Special School in March 2018.

Q.4       What are the reasons for any increase or decrease in the amount being spent on private SEND provision for pupils in the past three years?
 
A.4    The increasing expenditure on Independent Special Schools is due to an increase in demand for placements and an increase in the fees for these providers.

Private Alternative Provision:
Q.1      How much did the local authority spend on private (independent, non state-run) alternative provision for excluded and other vulnerable pupils in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.1     
2016/17 - £638,567

2017/18 - £998,511
2018/19 - £1517829

Q.2.     How many pupils did the local authority send to private AP provision in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.2     
2016/17 - 63

2017/18 - 116
2018/19 - 156

Q.3.     If any new private AP provision has opened in the local authority in the last three years, please state a) the names of all new private AP providers that opened b) the year they opened (between 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19)
 
A.3.     Total Tuition opened in Sept 2018

Q.4.    What are the reasons for any increase or decrease in the amount being spent on private AP provision for pupils in the past three years?
 
A.4.     Increase is related to the rise in permanent exclusions.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5929
Request Date: 15/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   In the 2018 calendar year how many children were taken into care where there was a recorded concern that the parents/carers were at risk of physical violence from the child? Please state the ages and sexes of any children involved.

A.1   Less than 5
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5935
Request Date: 15/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      How many missing incidents were reported for looked after children who had been placed outside of your local authority area between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018?
 
A.1      63

Q.2      For how many of those incidents was a return interview offered during the same time period?
 
A.2      54

Q.3      For how many of those incidents was a return interview completed during the same time period?
 
A.3      36
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5949
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The NSPCC would like to develop its understanding of the Healthy Child Programme beyond what is available using the PHE Fingertips data – we would like to know the numbers of children eligible at each time point and the format that the main contact took. We’d be very grateful if you could answer the questions below.
 
Q.1A) How many children in your local authority area were eligible for contacts under the mandated Healthy Child Programme over the last two years (April 1 to March 31, 2017-18 & 2018-19) Please use the grid below to tell us how many children were eligible for each contact during this period.
 
Contact Number of children eligible in 2017-18 Number of children eligible in 2018-19
Antenatal visit    
New Birth Visit    
6-8 week reviews    
12 month reviews    
2-2½ year reviews    
 
 
Q.1B) Please use the grid below to record the number of Healthy Child Programme contacts that were delivered in each of the following formats in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
 
NB: Please do not provide information on the format of reminders or additional forms of communication, i.e. if a letter, phone call or text message also took place in addition to a face to face visit, please just record as a ‘Face to Face’ visit. 
 
 
Contact 2017-2018
Face to face Letter in Post Phone Call Text message email No contact in any form
Antenatal visit            
New Birth Visit (NBV)            
6-8 week reviews            
12 month reviews            
2-2 ½ yer reviews            
 
 
 
Contact 2018-2019
  Face to face Letter in Post Phone Call Text message email No contact in any form
Antenatal visit            
New Birth Visit (NBV)            
6-8 week reviews            
12 month reviews            
2-2 ½ yer reviews            
 
 
   
Q.2    Please tick if your Local Authority also offers:
 
Universal Plus (provide families with access to expert advice and support on issues such as postnatal depression, weaning and sleepless children)  
Universal Partnership Plus (support families with children with complex needs, such as long-term conditions – both themselves and linking them with local services)  
 
 
A.1 & A.2  Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5968
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide a copy of your policy for dealing with assessments of disabled children by your children with disabilities team.  The relevant department will be Children’s Services or equivalent.
 
Q.2   How do you assess and support children who are autistic but have no other disability? Please provide a copy of any policies you have for assessing and supporting children who are autistic but who have no other disability.
 
Q.3   For the financial years (start of April to end of March) 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, please provide the number of children with autism who have been:
Q.3a   declined an assessment by your children with disabilities team;
Q.3b   referred to another team within Children’s services for an assessment; and
Q.3c   declined any assessment whatsoever in each of the financial years detailed above.

A.1 - A.3   We do not categorise children according to whether they have autism specifically. The policies in relation to the assessments undertaken by the disabled children are available on the link - https://www.proceduresonline.com/northumberlandcs/ 
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5974
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many vulnerable child assessments were made by your council, of which "gangs" was logged as a contributing factor, in the last five calendar years (2014,2015,2016,2017,2018)? Please break this down by year.

A.1   Based on factors identified during C&F assessments:
Year            No. Assessments
2014              8
2015             26
2016             12
2017             28
2018             24


Details:

Reference Number: 5985
Request Date: 26/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Are you already a member of a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA)?  Yes/No
 
A.1    Yes

Q.2   If yes to Question 1, which authority or agency is delivering the RAA?  (Is it led by a specific Local Authority or a Private or Voluntary Agency?)  Please give us the name of the actual LA or Agency.
 
If no to Question 1, what is your plan for securing membership of a RAA within the government specified timescales (due date and authorities you are seeking to join with).  You do not need to answer any further questions after this.
 
A.2    North Tyneside are the host authority 

Q.3   Who is the designated lead officer responsible for the Regional Adoption Agency?  Name, Role and Email address please.
 
A.3    Bryan Glover is the Service Manager at ANE

Q.4   Which LA or Agency is responsible for delivering the IT solution that supports the work of the RAA?
 
A.4    North Tyneside

Q.5   Has the RAA already procured an IT system to support its work?  If yes, who is the supplier of that system? If no, you do not need to answer any further questions.
 
A.5    North Tyneside would need to respond to this. 

Q.6   Does this system provide other functionality apart from the RAA? 
 
For example, is it part of a wider social care system or is it a specific standalone solution for the activities of a RAA?  If it is part of wider system, please tell us which system this is (supplier name) and the authority whose social care system this is.
 
A.6    North Tyneside would need to respond to this.   

Q.7   If this is a dedicated RAA system only, what is the value of the contract and the contract period?  Please show the purchasing costs / implementation costs and support and maintenance costs separately.

A.7    North Tyneside would need to respond to this.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5986
Request Date: 26/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How do you currently accommodate care leavers/young people(16-24 years old) within your borough? 
 
A.1   Depending upon the individual needs of young people then children may be placed in a children's home (if under 18) or supported accommodation which can include flexible levels of floating support.

Q.2   Can you explain your commissioning process for private residential care providers/private supported living providers? Do you spot purchase, have framework contacts/agreement or block contracts?
 
A.2  Children's home provision is commissioned on a spot purchase basis dependant upon individual need.  A framework for the provision of Supported Accommodation has been established.

Q.3   Do organisations need to go through the tendering process to accommodate care leavers/young people (16-24 years old) on a spot purchase basis? If information regarding the website to access will be valuable. 
 
A.3  The Council would look to the Framework to meet need in the first instance. In the event that need cannot be met via an established mechanism then the Council may on occasion spot purchase from "off framework" providers. All tendering opportunities are published via the NEPO portal. This can be accessed via https://procontract.due-north.com/Register 

Q.4   Do you operate an approved providers list of private residential care providers/private supported living providers? If so how do I register? 
 
A.4  All tendering opportunities are published via the NEPO portal. This can be accessed via https://procontract.due-north.com/Register

Q.5   How many care leavers/young people (16&17 years olds) are currently in private residential care/private supported accommodation? Do you require more providers? 
 
A.5  Less than 5

Q.6   How many care leavers/young people (18 years old and above) are currently in private residential care/private supported accommodation? Do you require more providers?
 
A.6  Eleven.   

The Council would look to its established framework of providers in the first instance in order to be able to meet need. Only in those situations where the framework has not been able to meet need would the Council spot purchase from other providers.

Q.7   How many care leavers or eligible young people (16&17 years olds) are living in private residential care/private supported accommodation with support of 10 hours or more? 
 
A.7  Nil 

Q.8   How many care leavers or eligible young people (18 years old and above) are living in private residential care/private supported accommodation with support of 10 hours or more? 
 
A.8  Less than 5

Q.9   What is the average weekly cost of placing a child (16&17 years olds) in a private residential care/private supported accommodation? 
 
A.9  Residential special placements   £3,360
Supported accommodation                 £388
*Average costs weighted on length of stay

Q.10  What is the average weekly cost of placing an adult (18-24 years old) in a private residential care/private supported accommodation? 
 
A.10  Residential special placements - these costs fall under Adult Services on reaching 18.
Supported accommodation £216
*Average costs weighted on length of stay

Q.11  How can a private residential care/private supported accommodation approach the council when wishing to introduce their service? 
 
A.11  All tendering opportunities are published via the NEPO portal.

Q.12  Who should be approached within the council to discuss commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals?
 
A.12  Lynn Bryden - Senior Manager Commissioning
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6013
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to request the following information regarding the number of Looked After Children with autism (ASD) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in children’s homes. For questions 2 through 5, please supply the following information as a snapshot at the end of the year for financial years 2014/15 to 2018/19.

Q.1     Please could you supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for Looked After Children and/or placements in children’s care homes.

Q.2     How many Looked After Children in the local authority have; (a) an ASD (primary type of need) and (b) SEMH (primary type of need)?

Q.3     Of the Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) (Q2), how many are funded by the local authority in children's homes (excluding secure units and hostels)?

Q.4    Of the Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) funded by the local authority in children's homes (Q3), how many are in; (a) in-house/local authority children's homes and (b) independent children's homes?

Q.5    Of the Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) in children's homes (all, in-house/local authority and independent) (Q3 & 4), how many are in out of area placements?

Q.6    What is the local authority’s total expenditure on children's home placements (all, in-house/local authority and independent) for Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) for each of the financial years 2014/15 to 2018/19?

A.1 - Q.6   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6022
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please can you provide answers to the following questions regarding the local authority’s provision of habilitation services for children and young people (CYP) with vision impairment only. By habilitation we mean support and training in orientation, mobility and independent living skills.

Service delivery

Q.1a)   How are habilitation services commissioned? (Please indicate the option that applies): 
How are habilitation services commissioned?
  • A local authority department is commissioned to deliver the service (Please go to question 1b)
  • An external organisation is commissioned to deliver the service (please state the name of the organisation)
  • Services are spot purchased
  • Other (please state)
  • This service is not commissioned (please indicate what alternative support is provided instead)
Q.1b)   If the service is commissioned to be delivered in-house, which department is responsible for delivering the service? (Please indicate the option that applies):

Department
  • Children & family Social Care Services
  • Education (Sensory Team)
  • Education (General)
  • Adult Social Care
  • Other (please state)
Q.1c)   Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19 have there been any changes to how habilitation services are commissioned? (For example, has the service changed from being internally to externally commissioned, or has the local authority department responsible for delivering the service changed.) Yes/No
If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:

Q.1d)   Are there plans to change how habilitation services are commissioned in 2019/20? (For example, are there plans to change from an internally to an externally commissioned service or, will the local authority department responsible for delivering the service change.)
  • Yes/No/Unknown
  • If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:
Q.1e)   If ‘Yes’ to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):
  • Stakeholder
  • Parents/carers
  • CYP with vision impairment
  • Internal staff
  • General public
  • Voluntary sector
  • Schools & Education Settings
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.1      A local authority department is commissioned to deliver the service
b)-Education (Sensory Team)
c) no
d) no

Q.2     What was/is the allocated budget for the delivery of habilitation services for the following financial years (please provide like for like budget data, if this is not possible please indicate why):
Financial Year / Total Budget
  • 2016/17
  • 2017/18
  • 2018/19
  • 2019/20
Comments:

A.2     The cost of our Habilitation Specialist is £10,000 plus on costs per annum. As far as I am aware this has not changed between 2016 and 2020

Q.3a) Please indicate whether habilitation support is provided to the following age groups:
  • CYP Group
  • 0-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3b)  Please indicate what habilitation support is available to CYP in each age category. Please note that this does not mean that every child will receive this support, but that the local authority provides or commissions this support (please select all that apply): 

Type of Support
  • To family & carers (inc those in ‘looked after’settings
  • Independent living skills (in the home)
  • Early Movement skills
  • Long cane training in public spaces (such as on the pavement, on public transport, high street, shopping areas)
  • Learning of routes between home and education setting
  • Transitions, as learners move between key education settings
  • Long cane training in an education setting
  • Route planning in an education setting
  • Other (please state)
Q.3c) Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19, were there any changes to the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why)
  • CYP Group
  • 00-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3d) Are there plans to change the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups in 2019/20? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why): 
  • CYP Group
  • 0-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3e)   If Yes to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):
  • Stakeholder
  • Parents/carers
  • CYP with vision impairment
  • Internal staff
  • General Public
  • Voluntary sector
  • Schools & Education settings
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.3a)  5-11 (Primary school)
12-16 (Secondary school)
17-19 (College)
19-25

A.3b)  To family & carers (inc those in ‘looked after’ settings
  • Independent living skills (in the home)
  • Early Movement skills
  • Long cane training in public spaces (such as on the pavement, on public transport, high street, shopping areas)
  • Learning of routes between home and education setting
  • Transitions, as learners move between key education settings
  • Long cane training in an education setting
  • Route planning in an education setting
  • All types of support according to need
A.3c)  The cost of our Habilitation Specialist is £10,000 plus on costs per annum. As far as I am aware this has not changed between 2016 and 2020  

A.3d) NO

A.3e) 

Q.4    Please provide information on the structure of the team responsible for delivering habilitation services to CYP with vision impairment:
  • Position/Role
  • Habilitation Manager
  • Senior Habilitation Officer
  • Habilitation Officer
  • Habilitation Assistant
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.4    Senior Habilitation Officer, Habilitation Specialist


Eligibility for habilitation support

Q.5   What is the eligibility criteria for a CYP to access habilitation support? (Please indicate as many as apply): 
  • The CYP must have an Education & Health Care Plan to access habilitation support.
  • The CYP must be registered as severely sight impaired to access habilitation support
  • The CYP must be registered as sight impaired to access habilitation support
  • Other (please state if ‘yes’)
Comments:

Eligibility Criteria
  • Yes/No

A.5.   Eligibility Criteria based on need, Yes

Referrals and assessment

Q.6    Please indicate where referrals for an initial assessment of habilitation needs are accepted from. (Please select as many as apply): 
  • Profession
  • Medication Professionals
  • Qualified Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs)
  • Parents/carers
  • Young people
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.6   Medication Professionals
  • Qualified Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs)
  • Parents/carers
  • Young people
Q.7   Please indicate who the initial assessment of habilitation needs is conducted in partnership with. (Please select the option that applies for each category):
  • Stakeholder
  • QTVI
  • Other education professionals (Please state which education professionals)
  • Parents/carers
  • It is not conducted in partnership
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.7   Stakeholder, QTVI,  Parents/carers

Q.8a)   Is the progress of the CYP receiving habilitation support monitored?
Yes/No/Unknown

A.8a)    Yes

Q.8b)    If ‘Yes’, if needs are not being met as assessed are the habilitation needs of the CYP reassessed?
Yes/No/Unknown. If ‘Yes’, please provide an overview of the process and attach a copy of any relevant policies. Comments:

Demand

A.8b)   Yes
Assessment takes place at the beginning and end of blocks of habilitation provision and if needs still not fully met, discussion takes place between Habilitation Specialist, QTVI, other professionals, the young person and family, to plan next steps and when further habilitation support will be provided.

Q.9     How many CYP were referred for an initial assessment of habilitation needs and how many received habilitation support in the following financial years: 
Financial Year
  • 2016/17
  • 2017/18
  • 2018/10
Comments:

A.9.     It's not possible to give a fixed number per year. Some children receive a one-off block of training in one year only, and other children receive on going habilitation support over several years.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6039
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Local authority name:

Section 1: Organisation and funding of your local authority Education Vision Impairment (VI) Advisory service

Q.1a. How is provision for children and young people with vision impairment funded? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Centrally funded by the LA for specialist support for all pupils with VI  
ii) Partially delegated to individual schools who purchase specialist support from the LA under 'tradedservices' arrangement  
iii) Fully delegated to individual schools who purchase specialist support from the LA under 'tradedservices' arrangement  
iv) Other or additional comments (please give details, free text):  

Q.1b. Which of the following arrangements applies to the VI service in your LA? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Fully traded to maintained schools (including academies)  
ii) Partially traded to maintained schools (including academies  
iii) No elements of VI service support are traded to maintained schools (including academies)  
iv) Fully traded to further education (FE) colleges
v) Partially traded to further education (FE) colleges
vi) Is any aspect of direct CYP individual support traded?
vii) Additional comments, optional (free text)

Q.1c. If you answered ‘yes’ to any traded service arrangement in question 1b, please give further details of the service that is traded and who it is traded to? (free text)  

Section 2: Structuring of services

Q.2. In the past twelve months, have any changes been made to the way that provision for children and young people with vision impairment is funded and/or organised? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes  
ii) No  

Q.2b. If 'yes', please give details of changes: (free text)  

Q.2c. Were these changes consulted on with parents and VI organisations? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes, parents only  
ii) Yes, VI organisations only  
iii) Yes, both parents and VI organisations  
iv) No, parents and VI organisations were not consulted  

Q.2d. Any additional information on the consultation?  (optional) (free text)

Q.2e. Are there any current or proposed reviews of the VI service that will affect the way it is organised, managed or funded (including moving to/from a traded services arrangement), or are likely to affect the way that support for CYP with VI is provided or funded?
(please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes
ii) No
iii) Don’t know

Q.2f. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.3a. Please provide overall VI service budget (including staff, equipment and training):
(please enter a monetary value) -
i) Budget for 2017/18
ii) Budget for 2018/19
iii) Budget for 2019/20
iv) Additional information, optional (free text)

Q.3b. If the budget above is shared with another service or cannot be separated from the sensory budget, please state what the budget encompasses here: (free text)

Q.4a. What percentage of the High Needs Funding budget is spent on the overall VI service budget? (please enter a percentage value)

Q.4b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Section 3: Number of CYP on the VI service caseload and support available

Q.5a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment on the VI service active caseload (i.e. those supported by the VI service and not included in Q6a) for the following categories (number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values): -
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage
(EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan
(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS (0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11
Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.5b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.6a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment, known to the VI service but not receiving direct support from the LA service for the following categories:
(e.g. who are ‘advice on request’ or being monitored only, who are in a VI resourced or independent school, or whose family home is in the LA but who are being educated in another authority)(These are in addition to CYP included in Q5a):
(number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values) -
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6 
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan

(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS (0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11
Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.6b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.7a. Of the children and young people on the active caseload, please give the number with vision impairment with and without other EN/disabilities/ additional complex needs: (number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values)
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6 
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan
(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS
(0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11

Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.7b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.8a. Of the children and young people on the active caseload, please give the number educated in each of the settings below where applicable: (please enter numeric values) -
i) Mainstream school
ii) Mainstream with VI resource provision
iii) Mainstream academy
iv) Special school academy
v) Maintained special school for pupils with VI
vi) Non-maintained special school for pupils with VI
vii) Other type of special school (e.g. PD, SLD, HI) (maintained & non-maintained)
viii) Other type of setting (e.g. hospital school, home educated)
ix) If other type of setting, please write here (free text)

Q.8b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.9. In which of the following settings does the VI service support early years children (i.e. 3 years and under)? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Within the child's home
ii) In pre-school/early years settings
iii) School settings (e.g. nursery class in mainstream or special school)
iv) In settings where the child is cared for by a childminder (outside of their home)
v) Other settings (please give details, free text)

Q.10a. What criteria does the VI service use for allocating levels of support? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) NatSIP Eligibility Framework for Scoring Support Levels (2015)
ii) Locally developed criteria
iii) Other arrangement (please give details)

Q.10b. Does your LA require a CYP with VI to meet any of the following criteria before they will be considered for assessment for an EHCP? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) They must meet a specified level of severity/visual acuity
ii) They must have additional SEND
iii) They must be failing to make the expected level of progress iv) They are expected to attend a special school
v) Other – please specify: (free text)

Q.11 How many children or young people with VI have had their support reduced in the last 12 months? Please use reasons for reduction in support as listed below: (please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply in the first row and indicate number in the second row for all those where ‘yes’ has been entered) -
i) Review of SEN support or EHCP Plan (yes/no)
ii) Review of SEN support or EHCP Plan (if yes, please enter numeric values)
iii) Positive change in management of vision impairment and improved independence (yes/no)
iv) Positive change in management of vision impairment and improved independence (if yes, please enter numeric values)
v) Restructure of service delivery model, i.e. more remote support, train the trainer etc. (yes/no)
vi) Restructure of service delivery model, i.e. more remote support, train the trainer etc. (if yes, please enter numeric values)
vii) Service capacity (yes/no)
viii) Service capacity (if yes, please enter numeric values)
ix) Other (yes/no)
x) Other (if yes, please enter numeric values)
xi) Please explain if other: (free text)

Q.12. What is the total number of children and young people who use (or in the case of EYFS children, are expected to use) braille as their sole or main literacy medium? (please enter numeric values)

Q.13. Are there any groups of children and young people with VI that are NOT currently supported by the VI service? (Please give details for all that apply) -
i) Specific age groups (please give details)
ii) Children/YP in specific types of setting e.g. academies, further education etc. (please give details)
iii) Children/YP with complex needs (please give details)
iv) Any other groups (please give details) Section 4: VI service staffing 

Q.14. Which (if any) of the following qualifications are held by the person with responsibility for strategic management of the VI service? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Qualified teacher of pupils with vision impairment (QTVI) (i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in VI)
ii) Qualified teacher of the Deaf (TOD)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in HI)
iii) Qualified teacher of pupils with Multi-sensory Impairment (QTMSI) (i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in MSI)
iv) Other qualifications (if yes please give details, free text)

Q.15. This question is broken into three sections. Please give the numbers of teachers employed directly by the VI service (this includes peripatetic/advisory teachers, school-based teachers, and VI service manager if s/he has a caseload) for the categories that follow: (please enter numeric values) -

Q.15a. Please give the full time equivalent (FTE) number of: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants
QUESTION: 15b. Please give the total number of posts (headcount) for: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years
iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants
QUESTION: 15c. Please give the total number of posts that are temporary contracts (not permanent roles) for: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years
iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised 
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but
no suitable applicants

Q.16. What is the average time from referral to VI service and initial visit? (please give estimation if exact time is unknown) (number of weeks) 

Q.17. Please give details of the FTE of any other staff employed by the VI service by category (not already included in question 15). This includes staff who are employed directly, externally commissioned or bought in from another team within the LA: (please enter numeric values) (please do not include mobility and habilitation officers) -
i) Resource technicians FTE (for production of accessible materials)
ii) ICT support technicians FTE
iii) Dedicated early years staff FTE
iv) Family support workers FTE
v) Admin/secretarial FTE
vi) Teaching Assistants
vii) Other role FTE
viii) Details of other role(s) if applicable (free text)

Q.18a. Please give the numbers of teaching assistants (TAs) in your LA who are providing support to pupils with vision impairment, by employment arrangement as listed below (this includes service and school-based staff where known): (please enter numeric values)
i) Number employed and recruited directly by VI service – centrally based/peripatetic
ii) Number employed and recruited directly by VI service – school-based
iii) Number employed and recruited directly by schools and supported by VI service
iv) Number employed and recruited directly by schools with no involvement from VI service
v) Number employed with other arrangement
vi) Other arrangement (please give details, free text)

Q.18b. Please indicate if the service is aware that TAs are employed by schools but information on them is not retained and/or the service is aware of other TAs that the service does not hold information on: (Please indicate ‘yes’
if this applies)
Section 5: Redress

Q.19a. How many complaints about the VI service have entered the local authority’s formal complaints process? If none have entered the formal process, please enter ‘0’ (number) QUESTION 19b. If you have any additional information or points to add around the complaints recording process or figures, please state here: (free text)

Section 6: Registers
Q.20. Who in the LA holds the vision impairment register for children and young people who are registered sight impaired or severely sight impaired? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Social care sensory team
ii) Social care children’s team
iii) Local society for blind people/sight loss society
iv) Other
v) If other, please give details (free text)

A.1-20    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6060
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The total number of Children’s Social Workers employed permanently by the Council as of the 29th April 2019?

A.1     209 (Including Director, Head of Service, Team Managers, Deputy Team Managers, Independent Reviewing Officers, Youth Offending Case Managers)

Q.2     A breakdown by Nationality of the Children’s Social Workers employed permanently i.e. United Kingdom 100, Australian 36 etc?

A.2      British 209

Q.3      The total number of Children’s Social Workers currently employed permanently for which the local authority have sponsored their visa (certificate of sponsorship) to work for the local authority?

A.3     We do not currently employ any Children's Social Workers that require a VISA to work in the United Kingdom.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6070
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Section A – Cost of holiday childcare

Q.1   Please give the typical (average) price per day and per week of a full time place in a holiday club in your local area.

Q.2    Please provide us with the price of full time holiday childcare per week at:

Section B – Amount of holiday childcare in your area

Q.3a)   What is the total number of holiday clubs in the PVI and maintained sector?
Q.3b)   Of the total number of holiday clubs in your area, how many operate on state-funded school grounds (ie. are run at least in part on school premises)?
Q.3c)   Of the total number of holiday clubs operating on state-funded school grounds, how many are run by different types of providers?

Section C – When holiday childcare is available

Q.4    How many holiday clubs in your area are open for a maximum of short, medium or long days? Answers to this question should sum to the total number of holiday clubs in your area, as shown by the example row.

Q.5    How many holiday clubs in your area are usually open in each of the school holidays? Answers to this question do not need to sum to the total number of holiday clubs in your area, as shown by the example row.

Section D – Changes to childcare providers and places

Q.6a)   For the following categories, please mark the box (X) indicating whether the total number of holiday clubs/play scheme providers has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since 2018.

Q.6b)  Similarly, please mark the box (X) indicating whether the total number of holiday childcare places across all sectors has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since 2018.

Section E – Whether there is enough holiday childcare

Q.7    Does your local authority have enough holiday childcare (childcare sufficiency) for the following groups?

A.1 - A.7  We do not co-ordinate this information, providers will need to be contacted directly.  They can be found via this link: https://northumberland.fsd.org.uk/kb5/northumberland/fsd/home.page
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6103
Request Date: 21/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please give the name of your Local Authority?

A.1   Northumberland County Council

Q.2   How many sets of twins were taken into care between the years 2010 – 2018?

A.2   11

Q.3   How many sets of twins were separated when taken into care, whether into foster care or a care home, at any point through their care journey between the years 2010 – 2018?

(NB. please note we are asking how many sets of twins and not how many times. We are aware they could have been separated for a brief period and then reunited but please answer if separated at any point)

A.3    less than 5

Q.4   How many sets of twins were kept in a 'long term placement' or 'long term foster care' separately from one and other through their care journey between the years 2010 – 2018?

(NB. by Long-term care we mean that the care plan for the child is to remain in a specific fostering placement or care home, until reaching adulthood and leaving care, and/ or for the foreseeable future)

A.4    less than 5

Q.5   How many sets of twins have since been adopted into separate families,  after being taken into care between the years 2010 – 2018?

A.5    0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6109
Request Date: 23/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      What specific provision is available in your area for children and young people diagnosed with conduct disorder and those with conduct difficulties? Please list individual services and tiers they fall under (e.g. Tier 2 or targeted; Tier 3 or community specialist or Tier 4 or inpatient).

Q.2      What mental health provision is available in your area for children and young people in contact with social services, including looked after children, children in need or children under child protection orders? Please list individual services and corresponding tiers as above.

Q.3      Is there specific provision in your area to support young people transitioning from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services? Yes or no answer please. Please specify if CAMHS in your area covers individuals aged 18 and over and please specify the age range covered.

Q.4      Do you engage with any of the following to understand the mental health needs of children and young people in your area?

a) Healthwatch

b) Children and young people and their families

c) Community and/or faith groups

d) Charities or other NGOs (if yes, please specify which ones)

A.1 - A.4    I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6140
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please give the number of looked after children under 16 in the care of your authority who were in supported/semi-supported accommodation placements on 31 March 2019.  
 
A.1    0

Q.2   Please could you tell us how many children aged 16 and 17 who were in the care of local authorities other than your own (ie "out of area placements") and who are living in supported/semi supported accommodation located within your authority's boundaries on 31 March 2019.
 
A.2    We do not hold information on other local authorities

Q.3   Please give the number of how many of the looked after children identified in the answer to Q.2 come from which other local authority area – giving a number of children per other local authority area that they are from.
 
A.3    We do not hold information on other local authorities

Q.4   Please give the number of 16 and 17 year olds in the care of your local authority who were in supported/semi-supported accommodation placements outside your local authority's boundaries on 31 March 2019.
 
A.4   less than 5

Q.5   Please give the number of how many of the looked after children aged 16 and 17 years old identified in the answer to Q4 are placed in which other local authority area – giving a number of children per other local authority area that they are placed in.
 
A.5   Newcastle Upon Tyne - less than 5
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6154
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2018 – 30 April 2019

A.1   30 April 2018 – 30 April 2019 -  10

Q.2   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2017 – 30 April 2018

A.2   30 April 2017 – 30 April 2018 -  11

Q.3   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2016 – 30 April 2017

A.3   30 April 2016 – 30 April 2017 -  11

Q.4   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2015 – 30 April 2016

A.4   30 April 2015 – 30 April 2016 -  8

Q.5   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2014 – 30 April 2015

A.5   30 April 2014 – 30 April 2015 -  4
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6313
Request Date: 03/07/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

ECHPs
Q.1    The number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year. The council may refer me to the government's SEN 2 data if it is satisfied with the accuracy of the published figure.
Q.2    Of the number of initial requests for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many requests for assessment were refused? This question excludes requests made during the 2017 calendar year that were refused during the 2018 calendar year, but includes requests made during the 2018 calendar year that have been refused during the 2019 calendar year. I leave it to the council's discretion as to whether the SEN 2 figures satisfy these parameters.
Q.3    Of the number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many have resulted in EHC plans being made (including plans made during the 2019 calendar year)? Please note the SEN 2 figures do not provide this data - SEN 2 shows the number of ECH plans that were made during the 2018 calendar year, not 2019, and regardless of the year in which the request for an assessment was made.
Q.4    Of the number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many requests have yet to be decided upon (or are yet to have an ECH plan made, where the need for a plan has been agreed)? Please note the SEN 2 figures do not provide this data - the SEN 2 figures measure the outcomes of those assessments that took place during the 2018 calendar year
If responding to question 4 would take this request over the section 12 cost limit, please exclude question 4 and process the remainder of this request. If responding to questions 1-3 would still take this request over the section 12 cost limit, please exclude questions 1-4 in their entirety and process the remainder of this request.
Finances
Please state:
Q.5    The monetary value of the council's High Needs Block allocation from the government each year in 2018/19 and 2019/20.
Question 5 excludes any transfer of funds by the council from other parts of the DSG into the High Needs Block (or vice versa).
The forecast 2019/20 figures for the following questions 6-8 should be those forecast at the start of the financial year (e.g. as part of annual budget-setting), not forecasts produced by in-year revenue monitoring.
Q.6   The monetary value of the council's actual High Needs Block expenditure each financial year for 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.7   The monetary value of the council's overspend or underspend (please specify) on its High Needs Block in 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.8   The monetary value of transfers (a) to the council's High Needs expenditure from other parts of the council's DSG allocation, and (b) from the council's High Needs Block allocation to other parts of the council's DSG expenditure, in 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.9   Any proposals the council has adopted or is considering adopting to reduce (or limit increases in) its High Needs expenditure in 2019/20, including (but not limited to) mitigating action to tackle forecast High Needs Block overspends, or changes to eligibility for or provision or staffing of special needs education, or restrictions to eligibility for or provision of special needs education transport services.
Bandings
Q.10   Does the council use a banding system to allocate resources for special needs 'top up' funding?
If the answer to question 10 is 'no', please ignore questions 11-14.
Q.11   Has the council changed the value or criteria of its banding system since April 2017? If so, please provide a copy of the impact assessment for the change.
If the answer to question 11 is 'no', please ignore questions 12-14.
Q.12   What were the funding values and criteria for each band under the system prior to the change referred to in question 11? How many children were in each band immediately prior to the change?
Q.13   What were the funding values and criteria for each band under the new system following the change referred to in question 11? How many children were in each band immediately after the change? The council may refer to its impact assessment for this latter aspect.
If data protection reasons mean specific figures cannot be given for the number of children in each band, please state (if known) how many children's top-up funding rose and how many children's top-up funding fell under the change.
Q.14   How many children are currently in each band under the existing banding system?
I would like the information sent by email. Please use the attached spreadsheet to provide the information for questions 1-8.
 
Please see attached spreadsheet for responses to A1 - A8

A.9   A range of proposals are under consideration including the exceptional transfers from Schools Block to High Needs Block, and a review of SEND Commissioning Panel arrangements  

A.10   Yes

A.11   No
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6494
Request Date: 06/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The number of children placed in unregistered care provision in each of the last four financial years (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19)?

Q.2    The number of unregistered care settings discovered within the authority in each of the last four financial years (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19)?

Q.3    The number of children placed inside unregistered care provision by the authority who allege to have been sexually abused or exploited while inside unregistered care provision in each of the last four financial years (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19)?

Q.4    The number of children placed inside unregistered care provision by the authority who allege to have been physically assaulted while inside unregistered care provision in each of the last four financial years (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19)?

A.1 - A.4     Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response

For clarification, unregistered care provision refers to when a child who is being provided with some form of ‘care’ is living somewhere that is not registered with Ofsted. It is not equivalent to unregulated care settings for those aged 16+. If there is any doubt about the distinction please refer to the following Ofsted blog:
https://socialcareinspection.blog.gov.uk/2019/07/08/unregistered-and-unregulated-provision-whats-the-difference/

Unregistered and unregulated provision - what's the difference? - Ofsted: developments in children’s social care - socialcareinspection.blog.gov.uk
Today’s report from the Howard League for Penal Reform raises some important issues about the care system and children’s homes. One area of concern is provision for children that is not regulated by Ofsted, and the safety of the children who use it. I’m often asked about unregistered and unregulated provision.
socialcareinspection.blog.gov.uk

Please prioritise this request over a request currently in process  concerning respite care, if necessary.

If you are able to supply some of this information more  quickly than other items, please supply each item when you can rather than delay everything until it is all available.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6587
Request Date: 28/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The total number of children registered as looked after by your local authority who have registered for the EU Settlement Scheme

A.1    This information is not recorded.

Q.2    The total number of children registered as ‘looked after’ by your local authority

A.2     392

Q.3    The total number whose applications for the EU Settlement Scheme have been approved. 

A.3     This information is not recorded.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6598
Request Date: 30/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     As of 31st August 2019 how many social worker posts do you have in :

Children’s Social Care?

A.1 176 (social workers, advanced/senior practitioners, team managers and deputy team managers)

Adults Social Care?

A.1 24 (social workers, social worker AMHP, team managers)

Q.2     For Adults Social Care how many social worker posts are:

Core funded?

Funded by Better Care Fund?

A.2 We are unable to provide a response as BCF funding is allocated to support broad elements of Council activity, rather than to specific posts.

Please provide information as the number of social workers.

Q.3     How many social worker posts were deleted between 1st April - 31st August 2019  in

Children’s Social Care ?

A.3 No Social Workers posts were deleted.

Adults Social Care?

A.3 1.6 posts were removed in setting the budget for 2019/20.  These had been vacant for more than six months.

Q.4     For adult social care how many of these posts were

Core funded?

Funded by the Better Care Fund?

A.4 n/a (see above)

Please provide information as the number of social workers.

Q.5     How many social worker posts will be deleted between 1st September 2019 - 31st March 2020?

Children’s Social Care?

A.5 There are no plans to delete posts during this period.

Adults Social Care ?

A.5 There are no plans to delete posts during this period.

Q.6     For adult social care how many of these posts were

Core funded?

Funded by the Better Care Fund?

A.6 n/a

Please provide information as the number of social workers.

Q.7     As of 31st August 2019, how many social worker posts are currently ‘frozen’ / empty and not being recruited to?

Children’s Social Care?

A.7 None

Adults Social Care?

A.7 None
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6609
Request Date: 03/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would be grateful if you could supply the following information from your local authority:

Housing policy for care leavers
Strategy for Children in Care
Mental Health Strategy for Children in Care

Under the terms of the Open Government License, the documents above will be placed on the website of Isabel’s Voice (free to the public), unless you remove your permission to do so.

The information requested is intended for future publication at the end of October as they are being updated. 

Public Interest Test Considerations

Section 22(1) 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.

Northumberland County Council recognises that there is a general public interest in information held by public authorities being made available and that it should take place at the earliest appropriate time. This helps towards ensuring the public accountability and transparency of public authorities and promotes public engagement in any debate about the delivery of public services and the use of public funds.

However, the public interest can sometimes be best served by the planned publication of information at an appropriate time rather than in response to an individual request for that information ahead of that time.

On balance, and in all the circumstances of this particular case, we have concluded that the public interest is best served by the planned future publication of the information you have requested and by maintaining the exemption at section 22(1) at this time.

Notice of Refusal

Please treat this letter as a Notice of Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 22(1) Exemption
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6625
Request Date: 05/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

In total, how many times has the council been taken to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal in relation to a child's education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment or an EHC plan over the last five years (September 2014 to September 2019)?

The information supplied relates to tribunal appeals registered. Many of these cases did not result in a tribunal hearing and were resolved prior to the hearing. We do not have data before 2017. 

In summary there were 17 appeals registered in 2017, 18 in 2018 and up to the end of August in 2019 there were 20 registered

Of these cases how many were for a refusal to:

• assess a child's EHC needs 

2017 = 2
2018 = 7
2019 = 10

• make a statement of their special educational needs 

0

• reassess their special educational needs 

0

• create an EHC plan 

2017 = 1
2018 = 0
2019 = 0

• change what’s in a child’s special educational needs statement or EHC plan
 
2017 = 11
2018 = 9
2019 = 8

  • maintain the statement or EHC plan

2017 = 3
2018 = 2
2019 = 2
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6630
Request Date: 06/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

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

A.1     
2016 - data not recorded
2017 - 9
2018 - 37
2019 - 45

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

A.2    
 2016 - data not recorded
2017 - 0
2018 - 5
2019 - 9

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

A.3a) in total

A.3a)   2015/16 - data not recorded
2016/17 - 21
2017/18 - 26
2018/19 - 24

Q.3b) where the individual was placed outside the borough or local authority

A.3b)    2015/16 - data not recorded
2016/17 - less than 5
2017/18 - 5
2018/19 - 5

Q.3c) where the children were recognised as being at risk from CSE (child sexual exploitation) 

A.3c)    2015/16 - data not recorded
2016/17 - 0
2017/18 - 0
2018/19 - less than 5

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

A.4    2015/16 -data not recorded
2016/17 - N/A
2017/18 - N/A
2018/19 - N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6865
Request Date: 24/10/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     What is the total amount of money that Northumberland council get from the government for the Special Educational Needs budget?
Q.2     How it is used? Where it is assigned to?
Q.3     What are the different 'pots' or 'labels' or 'areas'? ( in other words is the money broken up in to sections to put in to various types of SEN, therefore 
Q.4     What are the labels for these sections.

A.1 - A.4     Section 21 Information can be found on NCC website via this link: 
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/Agenda-Item-8-Budget-Setting-Report-2019-20-FINAL.pdf  

Q.5     What is the money spent on exactly?
A.5 - Section 40 (2) 

Q.6     How is it divided between schools/individuals?

A.6 Funding is provided to school's but is based on individual pupils' needs or in line with an agreed contract in the case of some non-maintained schools. LA maintained and Academy schools are allocated 'top up' funding using a banding system for mainstream and special schools. 

Q.7     Who makes the decisions on where the money goes?

A.7 There is no one person who makes the decisions on how High Needs funding is allocated, it is allocated by the Local Authority taking account of guidance issued including guidance from the Education Skills Funding Agency and SEND Statutory Guidance.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6867
Request Date: 25/10/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     The number of EHCP annual reviews completed by the local authority in 2018

A.1    1120
 
Q.2     The number of EHCP annual reviews that were not completed by the local authority in 2018 

A.2    696

Q.3     The number of EHCP annual reviews completed by the local authority from 1st January 2019 to 1 st October 2019 

A.3    708

Q.4     The number of EHCP annual reviews due for completion by the local authority between 1st January 2019 and 31st October 2019, but which have not been completed 

A.4    196

Q.5     The number of EHCP annual reviews that currently remain incomplete at least 6 months after the last review meeting 

A.5    103

Q.6     The number of EHCP annual reviews that currently remain incomplete at least 12 months after the last review meeting 

Q.7     The number of EHCP annual reviews that currently remain incomplete at least 24 months after the last review meeting 

A.6 & A.7 exemption Section 40(2)

Exemptions 

The Freedom of Information Act sets out various exemptions to the right of access. 

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 sections 40(2) and (3a). 

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. 

Public Interest Test Considerations 
Section 40(2) 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 reason why the public interest favours withholding the information (OR declining to confirm or deny that it is held) is that any data less than 5 could identify individuals.
 
Advice and Assistance 

The County Council recognises its statutory duty to provide advice and assistance under Section 16 of the Act. 

Subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the Council is seeking to be transparent and open in its response. 

Notice of Refusal 

With the exception of the information disclosed, please treat this letter as a Notice of Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 40(2) Exemption. 

For these requests, the definition of “complete” is successful completion of all local authority duties laid out in paragraphs 20 and 21 of the 2014 Special Educational Needs & Disability Regulations.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6947
Request Date: 07/11/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The number of Designated Senior Leads for Mental health
Q.2   The number of Mental Health Support Teams
Q.3   The number of children referred to specialist services via the new Mental Health Support Teams

A.1 - A.3    Northumberland County Council do not hold this information.  It can be found by contacting CAMHS, an NHS service. Please see link below:
https://www.northumbria.nhs.uk/our-services/childrens-services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-service-camhs/
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6948
Request Date: 07/11/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Which organisation (if any) does the local authority commission to deliver Return Home Interviews for children who have been missing?

A.1     This service has not been externally commissioned since July 2019. RHI are undertaken by trained workers within our Adolescent Service

Q.2      How many Return Home Interviews were offered by your local authority (or commissioned service) from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019?

A.2     During the period requested Barnados undertook the interviews and 567 Return Home Interviews were offered.

Q.3      How many Return Home Interviews were delivered by your local authority (or commissioned service) from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019? (i.e. the child was actually interviewed)

A.3     During the period requested, Return Home Interviews were offered by Barnardos who delivered 285 interviews. 

Q.4      How many times was child criminal exploitation (CCE), such as county lines, raised as an issue in these Return Home Interviews?

A.4     0

Q.5      Are Return Home Interviews only offered to Looked After Children, or are there other groups that are eligible for Return Home Interviews? If so, please list eligible groups.

A.5     Return Home Interviews are offered to every child that goes missing in Northumberland, regardless of status. 
This is extended to children who have been placed in our area by another local authority who would not be reasonably able to travel to complete the interview. Such an arrangement is always negotiated directly with that authority.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6972
Request Date: 12/11/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please confirm if it is the intention of the authority to commission, or recommission, a combination of “lifestyle improvement services” as an integrated lifestyle service, or similar, in 2020.  For the purposes of this foi request, lifestyle improvement services include:

Adult Weight management
Child Weight management
Family Weight management
Smoking Cessation
Drug & Alcohol Support
NHS Health Checks
Physical Activity
Digital or Remote Lifestyle Support

A.1     Aspects of "lifestyle improvement services" are covered within our arrangements to deliver an Integrated Wellbeing Service in partnership with Northumbria Health Care Trust (NHCT). It is our intention to continue to support this service during the financial year 2020/21. The exceptions are NHS Health Checks, Exercise Referral, and Community Substance Misuse Treatment and Recovery, which are not included.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 7027
Request Date: 22/11/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     I wish to obtain copies of all available inspection reports on children’s residential care services during the period 1993 to 2002, which i believe are in the public domain.

Exemptions

The Freedom of Information Act sets out various exemptions to the right of access.

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 via this link. 

Notice of Refusal

Please treat this letter as a Notice of Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 21 Exemption.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 7028
Request Date: 25/11/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     We are reviewing our targets and need some assistance from yourself and other councils. Could you inform me approximately how many children have been taken into emergency housing/refuge fleeing domestic abuse in the last 12 months in your area. This can help make sure we are providing enough bags to the refuges and not saturating them or falling short. 

A.1     2018/19 - 43 children accommodated in refuge
2019/20 - quarters 1 and 2 - 22 in quarter 1 and 18 in quarter 2