Child Protection or Child Trafficking for Anthony Douglas?

LS Palmer (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Carmarthenshire Council

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LS Palmer (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Carmarthenshire Council,

The standard letter from the Department of Education states:

"The law is clear: children should live with their parents wherever possible and, when necessary, families should be given extra support to help keep them together. In most cases, support from the local authority enables any concerns to be addressed and children remain with their families."

S17 of the Children Act places a duty on Children's Services to assist families in need.

Please could you provide a year by year breakdown since 2003 of how much of your budget has been allocated for assisting families in need and give general information as to what that budget is spent on.

Please could you further provide a year by year breakdown of how much of your budget is allocated to families subject to 'care proceedings'.

Please confirm you abide by the following laws:

1. All families subject to care proceedings have had the benefit of a Residential Family Assessment before the child's permanent removal in accordance with L (A Child) and H (A Child) [2007] EWCA Civ 213 which held:

"before removing children from their natural families and placing them for adoption with strangers the court should be astute to ensure that the case had been fully investigated and that all the relevant evidence necessary for the decision was in Place, Art 6 of the ECHR required it…..There would of course be cases in which a s38(6) assessment would be a waste of public funds: parents who had inflicted injuries on their child but had failed to acknowledge their responsibility or a woman who did not accept that a paedophile partner was a risk to the child"

2. All parents who are guilty of abusing/neglecting their children to the extent that nothing short of removal from the parents will protect the children from SIGNIFICANT HARM have been convicted of a criminal offence for abuse/neglect and have been referred to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Please provide a positive or negative affirmation in relation to the following statements:

3. That since removal of children from the parents no child in the care of the Local Authority has:
a. Suffered sexual abuse
b. Suffered physical abuse.
c. Suffered emotional abuse.
(In this respect data referring to convictions/complaints of misconduct of social workers/foster carers/care workers and statistics relating to child suicides/children running away would provide the relevant assertion as to whether or not children were suffering 'in care')

4. That since removal of the children from the parents no child in the care of the Local Authority has been used for medical testing or registered on any program by the NIHR, MRCN or any other medical research program without the explicit consent from the biological parent.

5. That since removal of the children from the parents the children have been raised in the same faith they would have been raised in if they had not been removed from their parents.

6. That no child has been returned to the care of the local authority post adoption.

7. That no child in the care of the Local Authority has been criminalised, ie gained a criminal record having not previously had a criminal record while in the care of their biological parents.

Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

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LS Palmer (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Carmarthenshire Council,

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Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer

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Sent request to Carmarthenshire Council again.

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 13th
February, 2011 and is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. We are therefore required to provide you with a response
within 20 working days, which will be on or before 11th March, 2011.

If we require any clarification or further details, we will contact you
as soon as possible - if this is the case, then the timescale for
response specified above may be subject to change.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to
contact me, remembering to quote the reference provided number above in
any communications.

Yours faithfully

John Tillman

Swyddog Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data

Adran y Prif Weithredwr

Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

Information & Data Protection Officer

Chief Executive's Department

Carmarthenshire County Council

Mewnol/Internal: 4127

Allanol/External: 01267 224127

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FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your request for information regarding child protection, which
was received on 13^th March, 2011 and is being dealt with under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

I am writing to ask you to clarify your request (had you provided a
telephone number, I would have course have used this to contact you, in
the interests of expediency). This is because we need further details
from you to identify the precise scope of the information you are
requesting, as follows:

1. Your first two questions request information from 2003 onwards.
However, it is unclear whether the remainder of your request is concerned
with these years or an entirely different date range. Please therefore
confirm whether this is the case.

2. Please also confirm whether you are interested in calendar, or
financial years.

3. Please confirm whether the following part of your request is in fact
asking for the number cases where children have been removed from their
families, where a Residential Family Assessment has/has not been carried
out:

"All families subject to care proceedings have had the benefit of a
Residential Family Assessment before the child's permanent removal in
accordance with L (A Child) and H (A Child) [2007] EWCA Civ 213 which
held:"

4. Please confirm whether the following part of your request is in fact
asking for the number cases where children have been removed from their
families, where the parent(s) have/have not been convicted of a criminal
offence for abuse/neglect been carried out and have been referred to the
Independent Safeguarding Authority:

"All parents who are guilty of abusing/neglecting their children to the
extent that nothing short of removal from the parents will protect the
children from SIGNIFICANT HARM have been convicted of a criminal offence
for abuse/neglect and have been referred to the Independent Safeguarding
Authority"

5. Please confirm whether the following part of your request is in fact
asking for the number cases where children have been removed from their
families, where the Authority has then recorded cases of sexual, physical
and/or emotional abuse:

"That since removal of children from the parents no child in the care of
the Local Authority has:
a. Suffered sexual abuse
b. Suffered physical abuse.
c. Suffered emotional abuse."

6. Please confirm whether the following part of your request is in fact
asking for the number cases where children have been removed from their
families, where a child has been involved in medical testing or any
program by the NIHR or MRCN without the consent of the biological parent:

"That since removal of the children from the parents no child in the care
of the Local Authority has been used for medical testing or registered on
any program by the NIHR, MRCN or any other medical research program
without the explicit consent from the biological parent."

7. Please confirm whether the following part of your request is in fact
asking for the number cases where children have been removed from their
families, where a child has been raised in the same faith had they not
been removed from their parents:

"That since removal of the children from the parents the children have
been raised in the same faith they would have been raised in if they had
not been removed from their parents."

8. Please confirm whether the following part of your request is in fact
asking for the number cases where children have been removed from their
families, where they have returned to the care of the Authority:

"That no child has been returned to the care of the local authority post
adoption."

9. Please confirm whether the following part of your request is in fact
asking for the number cases where children have been removed from their
families, where a child has received a new criminal record:

"That no child in the care of the Local Authority has been criminalised,
ie gained a criminal record having not previously had a criminal record
while in the care of their biological parents."

Please note that under FOIA, our duty is to confirm or deny whether we
hold information and subject to certain exemptions, to provide the
information.

Once we have received sufficient clarification we will be required to
respond within 20 working days.

If you need any assistance with this, please contact me by telephone, or
by email.

If we do not hear from you within three months of the date of this email,
it will be considered that you no longer wish to pursue your request and
that it has been withdrawn.

Yours faithfully

John Tillman
Swyddog Gwybodaeth a Diogelu Data
Adran y Prif Weithredwr
Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

Information & Data Protection Officer
Chief Executive's Department
Carmarthenshire County Council

Mewnol/Internal: 4127
Allanol/External: 01267 224127

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