Freedom of information survey of local authority policies on family and friends care
In 2007 Family Rights Group sent a questionnaire to all local authorities in England and Wales, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 specifically about family and friends care.
It asked each authority to provide its policies for working with, assessing and supporting family and friends carers and the children they are raising, information on dedicated staffing and data on the numbers of children and carers assisted by legal order and budget spent (see Appendix A for the Freedom of Information questions sent to all local authorities in England and Wales).
There was an 83% response from English authorities and Welsh authorities. The information and data have been analysed by the University of Birmingham in conjunction with Family Rights Group.