A childs best interests - care arrangements

Waiting for an internal review by Wolverhampton City Council of their handling of this request.

Wayne Pearsall

Dear Wolverhampton City Council,

I am writing to request a copy of any policy documents / training materials which raise awareness / the principles which you take into consideration when assessing the care requirements for a child.

The care requirements I raise are
"who is a suitable carer"
"What might make an unsuitable carer"
"when you deem it suitable to remove a child from their parent"
"is it in the childs best interest to remove a child from their mother"
"is it in the childs best interest to remove a child from their father"
"mental health implications of removing a child from the stablity of their home life"

(note: this is not a full list of my requested information, but just to highlight the type of information I am requesting.)

Specifically, I want to know:
1) If the parents are "fit" to care for a child... is it in the child's best interests to remove the parents from the child's life
2) Is it in the chld's best interest to alter a child's current living situation if it is not necessary...
3) What implications on a child's health can arise from changes to a childs home environment.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Moira Warren, Wolverhampton City Council

SA/MW/FOI – SS628

 

Dear Mr Pearsall

 

Re:      Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

I acknowledge receipt of your recent enquiry (09/05/13) for information
held by the Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information
Act.

 

This is being considered and I shall be in touch with you again shortly.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Helena Kucharczyk

 

 

Helena Kucharczyk

Head of Information Management

 

 

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Dear Wolverhampton City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wolverhampton City Council's handling of my FOI request 'A childs best interests - care arrangements'.

SS628

Response to this request is delayed. By law, Wolverhampton City Council should normally have responded promptly and by 7 June 2013 (details: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/offi...

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a_...

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Moira Warren, Wolverhampton City Council

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Dear Mr Pearsall

 

Please find attached a copy of the response to your second Freedom of
Information request.  As you can see this email was sent on 30/05/13 to
the email address given on your request.  I have no explanation as to why
it was not received as the acknowledgement email, which you did receive,
was sent to the same address. You may wish to check with the website to
see if there were any problems with their site on that day.

 

Best regards

 

 

Moira Warren

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Team

Tel. 01902 555539

 

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Dear Wolverhampton City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wolverhampton City Council's handling of my FOI request 'A childs best interests - care arrangements'.

1. Your response was late...
2. You have tried to cover the fact
3. You have failed to disclose information requested
... Your response does not meet your foi obligations

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a_...

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

FOI, Wolverhampton City Council

Dear Mr Pearsall

Thank you for your email.

We will arrange for an internal review of your information request to be
carried out. This will be undertaken by an officer who was not involved
with providing the original response.

The outcome will be sent within 20 working days.

 

 

Sonika Kumar

Corporate Strategy Unit

 

Office of the Chief Executive

Wolverhampton City Council

Civic Centre, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH

 

Tel: 01902 554409

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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Moira Warren, Wolverhampton City Council

Dear Mr Pearsall

 

Re:   Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

Your request for information has now been considered and I can provide the
following response:

 

I am writing to request a copy of any policy documents/training materials
which raise awareness/the principles which you take into consideration
when assessing the care requirements for a child.

 

This is all about needs assessment.  If a child has unmet needs which are
likely to hinder their development they are entitled to an assessment by a
social worker (see below).

    

The care requirements I raise are

 

"who is a suitable carer"

 

"What might make an unsuitable carer"

 

"when you deem it suitable to remove a child from their parent"

 

"is it in the child’s best interest to remove a child from their mother"

 

"is it in the child’s best interest to remove a child from their father"

 

"mental health implications of removing a child from the stability of
their home life"

 

(note: this is not a full list of my requested information, but  just to
highlight the type of information I am requesting.)

 

Specifically, I want to know:

 

1)            If the parents are "fit" to care for a child... is it in the
child's best interests to remove the parents from the child's life.

 

            If by describing a parent as fit to care for a child you
accept that the parent is offering what Donald Winnicott referred to as,
good enough parenting, then it is unlikely that a court would agree to
remove a child from its parents. The best interest decision making should
be shared between children, parents and professionals perhaps most of all
ensuring that the wishes and feelings of the child are given appropriate
weight. It must be remembered that views of ‘the best interest of the
child’ are always contingent, on the particular position and assumptions
of the person expressing them, as well as the objective circumstances.

2)         Is it in the child’s best interest to alter a child's current
living situation if it is not necessary...

 

            Stability is a key contributor to the welfare of any child
however it is the responsibility of the parents to bring up their
children, give them guidance and consider what is best for their child.

 

3)         What implications on a child's health can arise from changes to
a child’s home environment.

 

            Some children are delighted to change environments, others
distraught. This often depends on the individual child’s stage of
development and their resilience or ability to overcome adversity and
adapt to changing circumstances. It will also depend on the parents’ skill
in supporting the child and the environment which is proposed to be
provided to the child. These are just some of many unique variables which
impact when thinking about this question.

           

I hope this provides the information that you require.  If not, please
contact me again.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint, please write to:

 

Complaints Manager

Office of the Chief Executive

Wolverhampton City Council

Civic Centre, St Peter's Square

Wolverhampton

WV1 1SH

01902 551901

[1][email address]

 

You also have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

[2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Helena Kucharczyk

 

Helena Kucharczyk

Acting Head of Information Management

 

 

 

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