FOI Request Continuing Care Placements

Request 101001488558

1. The number of young people by age (i.e. years old) remaining in care placements under Part 11 (continuing care) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 within your local authority for each of the following financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
When responding to this request, please can you provide the number of young people as a percentage of the looked after population within your local authority.
2. The number of young people by age (i.e. years old) who left care aged 16-21 within your local authority for each of the following placement categories:
• At home with parents
• With foster carers provide by the local authority
• With foster carers purchased by the local authority
• In other community placements (e.g. supported accommodation)
• In local authority home
• In voluntary home
• In residential home
• In other residential (e.g. private/residential placements)
Please provide this information for each of the following financial years, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
3. The number of young people by age (i.e. years old) who left care aged 16-21 and have returned to a care placement within your local authority for each of the following financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
4. The number of care leavers who have declared themselves homeless within your local authority for each of the following financial years, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
5. The number of care leavers who have declared themselves homeless and received priority housing allocation within your local authority for the following financial years, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
6. The actions which your local authority has taken since 1 April 2015 to help young people return to care for short periods of support.
7. The steps that your local authority has taken since 1 April 2015 to ensure that looked after young people are ‘encouraged, enabled and empowered to remain in positive care’ placements up until they are aged 21.
8. Future steps or actions that your local authority will be taking to ensure that looked after young people are ‘encouraged, enabled and empowered to remain in positive care’ placements up until they are aged 21.

Response 17-05-2017

1. 2015-2016 1/ 213 (0.46%)  and 2016-2017 2/ 219 (0.91%)

2. 

Destination type April 2015/16 April 2016/17
At home with parents 15 children (9 x 16 yrs; 5 x 17 yrs; 1 x 18 yrs) 11 children (9 = 16 yrs; 1 = 17 yrs; 1 = 18 yrs)
With Foster Carers provided by LA 2 chidren (2 x 18 yrs;) 1 child (1 x 18 yrs)
With Foster Carers purchased by LA    
In other community placements 5  children (3 x 16, 1 x17, 1x18 yrs) 3  children (1 x 16, 1 x17, 1x18 yrs)
In local authority home    
In residential home    
In other residential  (including friends & relatives) 5 children (2 x 16 yrs; 1 x 17 yrs; 2 x 18 yrs) 8 children (4 x 16 yrs; 4 x 17 yrs)

3. N/A

4. We can only provide detail per question within the HL1=Whether any member of the applicant household aged under 25 was looked after as a child by their local authority.

Total 2015-16 = 69

Total 2016-17=49

5. We have included RSL (nominations) & supported:

2015-16

LA Tenancy                                         13

RSL Tenancy                                       11

Supported Accommodation          2

Total                                                      26

 

2016-17

LA tenancy                                          23

RSL Tenancy                                         8

Total                                                      31          

6. There is no formal policy around return to care but young people who require further support by returning to care will be assessed on an individual basis.   The continuing care policy and new extension to Aftercare provisions should lead to young people having their needs met at all stages of their care journey and should go some way to reducing the need for returning to care. .

7. Training of foster carers at entry level discusses Continuing Care and this thread runs through ongoing training with foster carers, specific training for carers who have adolescents in placements to ensure expectations are that young people can remain in placement as a first choice.   Young people will be made aware throughout their care experience that remaining in placement will be an option for them if they so desire it and their care setting can accommodate.

8. Further development of training programme which embeds this.  Proactively working with the TAC to make this a first choice for young people.  Fees and allowance structure support placements continuing. 

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