Child Protection or Child Abuse

LS Palmer (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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LS Palmer (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

In relation to the children that have been clients of your service since 2003 please can you provide the following information:

1. How many Criminal proceedings have been commenced relating to the abuse or neglect of your clients?
2. How many of your client children have received injuries for which their parents have been criminally convicted?
3. What proportion of children are recommended for adoption outside of their birth family?
4. How many adoption placements have failed?
5. How many children have been placed for adoption more than once?
6. How many times has Cafcass recommended a 'freeing Order' dispensing with the parent's consent for adoption?
7. How many complaints have been made that children have been sexually abused by foster carers or adoptive parents?
8. How many of your client children have received injuries since becoming clients for which carers other than their parents have received criminal convictions?

Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

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Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr/Ms Palmer
Please find attached a response to your recent request CAF 413.
Regards Miss Jassal

Miss Jasvinder Jassal
Information Assurance & Data Handling Officer
6th Floor
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street

DX Address: DX 157050 Westminster 3

Email: [email address]

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LS Palmer (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass,

CAFCASS is an organisation that is connected to the biggest adoption agencies in the world. Your Chief Executive Anthony Douglas is also the Chair of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering and Cafcass has relations with CORAM who give advice on parents and children being assessed (negative assessments ensuring the parents lose their children despite the children never having been harmed and the parents never having committed any criminal offence against their children.)

Anthony Douglas writes the books that social workers study in their role to remove children from families.

Anthony Douglas was one who wrote the Public Law Outline ie he wrote the guidelines that Judges follow in their removal of children from families.

The board of CAFCASS was dismissed in 2003 as one of the board members revealed that CAFCASS were not operating in accordance with the Principles of Public Service and were instead placing their 'corporate' interests as a priority. Further it was highlighted that CAFCASS are not accountable for their budget or their actions.

Is the above the reason why CAFCASS do not hold any records on their recommendations and the children that they remove from families?

Please send this for Internal Review. Removing children from families is a VERY SERIOUS MATTER and the public need to have the ability to ensure that it is done lawfully and with good reason.

Yours sincerely,

LS Palmer