Semi-Independent Accommodation

1) Please provide 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):-

2015-162016-172017-182018-19
59716881

2) Please provide 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):-

2015-162016-172017-182018-19
18221633

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) In total:

2015-162016-172017-182018-19
34328534213

Please note that each individual could have more than one missing episode.

b) Where the individual was placed outside the borough or local authority: 

2015-162016-172017-182018-19
3153733

c) Where the children were recognised as being at risk from CSE (child sexual exploitation): 

2015-162016-172017-182018-19
1917519868

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.

This information is not held centrally and in order to locate, retrieve and extract it, each missing episode would need to be cross-referenced with the individual child’s file and reviewed manually.  On the basis of 10 minutes per episode for the 213 episodes of children going missing in 2018/19, we anticipate that this would take in the region of 35 hours, which exceeds the 18 hours (or equivalent £450) public authorities are required to spend responding to Freedom of Information requests under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – ‘Cost of Compliance’.