FOI Request Adoption, IQ and Mental Health

Request 101001569120

I’d like you to address all questions over the last five full years. I’d also like you to give me the population of the area you cover and, if also possible, the number of children that includes.
1) How many families have had children removed from them temporarily by your authority?
2) How many of those were single-parent families and how many of those were lone mothers?
3) In all three categories, how many of those removals became permanent?
4) How many children in your authority have been freed for adoption, how many have been adopted and how many have remained in care?
5) In cases where children were removed, how many of them were classed as having additional support needs or learning difficulties?
6) How many parents were given IQ tests, how many of them were fathers and what was the average score in those IQ tests?
7) Did a low score in an IQ test have any impact on whether to keep the child or children from parents?
8) Were the IQ scores ratified by a second test?
9) How many parents affected by having their children removed were assessed for mental health conditions previously undiagnosed, and in particular for Munchhausen’s Syndrome by Proxy?
10) How many children adopted in your authority went to same-sex couples or to lone parents, and how many went to other blood relatives?
11) In cases where a blood relative wanted to assume care of a child or children, what percentage succeeded and what percentage of children in this category were adopted by same-sex couples?
12) Does your authority have any sort of targets or bonus scheme for staff relating to numbers of adoptions, and in particular for same-sex-couple adoptions?
13) Looking at the latest available full-year statistics for adoptions in your area, specifically in reference to the questions above, how do your statistics compare with ten years ago?
14) How many children do you currently have in care and away from their families?

Response 21-08-2017

1) This information is exempt under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland0 Act 2002- Information otherwise Available. Figures are reported nationally - and can be accessed through Scot.gov web site. They are published at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/03/6791

2) We don’t keep this information centrally - therefore it is exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland() Act 2002- Excessive cost of compliance. This information is only held in individual children's records. 

3) Figs are reported nationally - and can be accessed through Scot.gov site as per question 1

4) Committee report - on TMC website

5) This isn’t recorded centrally - therefore it is exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland() Act 2002- Excessive cost of compliance. This information is only held in individual children's records. 

6)  This is not Moray Council practice

7) Parents with additional needs are assessed in terms of support they might require not IQ scores.

8) NA

9) We don’t keep this information therefore it is exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland() Act 2002- Excessive cost of compliance. This information is only held in individual children's records. 

10) Figs are reported nationally - and can be accessed through Scot.gov site. See question 1

11) We don’t keep this information separately  therefore it is exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002- Excessive cost of compliance. This information is only held in individual children's records. 

12) No - we assess the needs of children and make matches with people who can meet those needs

13) Same sex placements are now made - that wasn’t common practice 10 yrs ago

14) 182

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