Child Protection or Child Trafficking for Anthony Douglas?

LS Palmer (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear Walsall Borough 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

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Palmer

Thank you for your request for information, relating to Child Protection
or Child Trafficking for Anthony Douglas, our ref:
RFI0056/11

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In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your enquiry please do so
quoting the above reference number using the contact details below.

Nailah Ukaidi

Principal Performance Officer ( Information & Records )

Customer Focus & Intelligence (FoI, DPA & EIR)

Business Change

Resources Directorate

Walsall Council

The Civic Centre

Darwall Street

Walsall

WS1 1TP

Tel: 01922 653585

Fax: 01922 614210

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Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr /s Palmer,

Further to your request for information, please see below.

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'.

Whilst the information you have requested is held by the Council it is
not held in a way that enables the specific detail you have requested to
be extracted within a reasonable time frame. Since the information you
have requested is not recorded separately, we would need to review each
individual case in order to identify this information.This would be an
extensive task. The `appropriate time limit' provided for under section 12
of the FOI Act states that the Council is not required to respond to a
request where the time taken to extract the information is likely to
exceed approximately 18.5 hours. This information is therefore exempt from
disclosure. You are also advised that The FOI Act does not require the
council to create new information.

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"

Not all families have a residential assessment before children come into
care. Where this is a matter of dispute between families and the Local
authority, The Courts make the decision whether it is appropriate or not.
In addition many children come into care under section 20 ( voluntary
arrangements).

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.

As there no timeframe has been allocated to the remaining areas of your
request, this information is refused because it is too wide and / or the
Council considers that the time likely to be required to respond to these
would exceed the appropriate time limit. This information has therefore
been refused, subject to the provisions of section 12 of the FOI Act.
Should you wish to redefine / resubmit your request we will consider it
appropriately under the provisions of the Act.

Nailah Ukaidi

Principal Performance Officer ( Information & Records )

Customer Focus & Intelligence (FoI, DPA & EIR)

Business Change

Resources Directorate

Walsall Council

The Civic Centre

Darwall Street

Walsall

WS1 1TP

Tel: 01922 653585

Fax: 01922 614210

E-mail: [email address]

Website: [1]www.walsall.gov.uk

"The information in this message must be regarded as confidential and is
intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated.

If you have received this message in error it must be deleted and the
sender notified. The views expressed in this message are personal and not
necessarily those of Walsall Council unless explicitly stated. Please be
aware that emails sent to or received from Walsall Council may be
intercepted and read by the council to ensure compliance with council
policies or regulatory obligations, or for the purposes of essential
maintenance or support of the email system. You should also be aware that
any email may be subject of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of
Information or Environmental Information legislation and therefore could
be disclosed to third parties".

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