Family Courts(Service) Complaints
Susan Web (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service
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Dear Sir or Madam,
Can you please provide details of how many complaints received
about unlawful practices of Cafcass & their Legal teams
etc , regarding Children taken into ‘care’ by Kent County Council.
Relatives who put themselves forward are considered guilty until
proven innocent, and demands are made that they jump through
assessment hoops, when the House of Lords made it quite clear that
grandparents only have to be good enough parents. The system as it
stands is no better than a 'child trafficking ring.'
It is appalling that in Family Court’s so many children are being
taken into care based on mere opinion of – so-called professionals
and placed for adoption with strangers rather than relatives.
In 2007,local authorities in England applied for 8,173 care orders.
7,624 orders were made. 336 applications were withdrawn, 290 "no
orders" decisions and 21 orders were refused.
In other words, the judgement of the social workers working for the
council was so good, they were only refused by the judge 21 times
More importantly 93% of the time the judge merely rubber-stamped
the care orders.
House of Lords - Down Lisburn Health and Social Services Trust.
Baroness Hale of Richmond. Judgement
34. There is, so far as the parties to this case are aware, no
European jurisprudence questioning the principle of freeing for
adoption, or indeed compulsory adoption generally. The United
Kingdom is unusual amongst members of the Council of Europe in
permitting the total severance of family ties without parental
consent. (Professor Triseliotis thought that only Portugal and
perhaps one other European country allowed this.) It is, of course,
the most draconian interference with family life possible.
Although kinship placements are supposed to be the preferred option
in this country, only 1 per cent. of social worker-instigated
placements ended up with kinship carers, compared with 45 per cent.
in Denmark, for example(EVIDENCE given in parliament 16th June 2008
by Tim Loughton MP shadow minister for children)
Under Section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an applicant
must provide their real name for a request to be valid and fall under the scope of the Act. I have been looking at your past request and the use of aliases for outstanding requests for information namely...
Freedom of Information requests
I .Peroll CAF 236
D Ferguson CAF 242
S.Foster CAf 237
Ms Susan Web
Mr Brian Gerrish
I suspect that the name you use 'I Peroll' is not your real name and that you are in fact utilising the names of various people some involved in children's social work as listed above.
Cafcass will therefore not proceed to consider the above requests, or any
further requests for information by you, or deal with any requests for
review until you are able to provide me with authentic identification
which verifies who you are, for example an original utility bill
showing your full name and postal address.
On receipt of such evidence, I will progress your requests and will of course be happy to return any
documentation to you without keeping a copy on file.
If your name really is as stated I apologise in advance for any inconvenience that
providing proof of identity may cause you.
If you are unhappy with this decision, and object to providing proof
that you are using your real name, you can appeal to the Information
Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should you wish to pursue this
course of action, are available from the Information Commissioner's
Miss Jasvinder Jassal
Information Assurance & Data Handling Officer
6th Floor Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
E-mail: [email address]
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