How many children have been taken into care for being obese over the last five years from 2011 to 2016? A breakdown of how many were taken into care for being obese each year between and including this period? How many children have been taken into care for obesity so far in 2017? What are the age ranges of the children?
Children may be taken into care for a single reason or for multiple reasons. Obesity as a factor is not recorded separately and cannot be reported on separately. Free text parts of hundreds of cases would have to be examined manually to identify if obesity was a factor in taking a child in care and even if each one only took ten minutes the time necessary would be in excess of eighteen hours and therefore we are exempting disclosure under Section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 – Cost of Compliance.