Child Protection or Child Trafficking for Anthony Douglas?

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

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LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear Wigan 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

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

I am emailing to confirm the receipt of your recent FOI request to Wigan
Council.

We will respond as soon as possible and in any case no later than 15th
February 2011, which is 20 working days after the receipt of your request.

If you have any comments or questions in the meantime, please direct them
to [Wigan Borough Council request email], or at Wigan Council, Town Hall, Library
Street, Wigan WN1 1YN.

Your contact is Sharon Crippin, Email [email address].

Regard

Jean Brennan
Legal Team Support Officer
Business Support Services
Wigan Town Hall
Tel: 01942 827297 Int: 2297

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Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear L S Palmer

I am writing to respond to your freedom of information request which we
received on 19th January 2011. This request has been handled under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request is detailed below.
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 see
document below.

<<S17 for FOI ID2133.pdf>>
Please could you further provide a year by year breakdown of how much of
your budget is allocated to families subject to 'care

proceedings'. I cannot provide this, as the information is not registered
in the system in a way that we can extract how much 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: There is no obligation to provide a residential assessment
prior to separation but all families involved in care proceedings have an
assessment scrutinised by the Court.

"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. Not every parent where it is believed
they have harmed a child will have been prosecuted as the burden op proof
is different.

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') It is not possible to answer the question about
possible abuse post care proceedings with any accuracy. If a child is
adopted or subject to Residence Order or Special Guardianship the LA would
have no information as of right unless it happened to be involved in the
investigation

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.
No children involved in medical testing.

6. That no child has been returned to the care of the local authority post
adoption. Some children suffer adoption breakdownn some children run away
none are missing as in not found and returned. There are occasional
incidents were children have to be removed from placement because of
abuse.

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. Any child moved from home
prior to age of criminal responsibility will not have record but may
offend.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of this response, an independent senior
officer will review this decision. Please let me know if you would like to
arrange this.

You can also complain to the Information Commissioner, who is the
regulator for Freedom of Information. His website is
[1]www.informationcommisioner.gov.uk and his helpline number is 0303
1231113.

His staff may ask you to exhaust our internal complaints procedure if you
choose to complain to his office now.
Yours Sincerely
Sharon Crippin
Assistant Data Protection Officer
Business Support Services
Wigan Council
Town Hall
Wigan

Tel: (01942) 827002 Internal: 2002
email: [email address]

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LS Palmer (Account suspended)

Dear Wigan Borough Council,

you have said "Not every parent where it is believed
they have harmed a child will have been prosecuted as the burden op proof is different."

Please can you confirm that you are therefore removing children permanently from parents, having accused them of abuse/neglect but do not have evidence to find them guilty and therefore a finding of fact in the secret family court, based on the balance of probability, ie the allegation of the social worker is probably reliable evidence is considered enough to permanently remove a child from their parents?.

As far as budget is concerned please could you provide the figures relating to how much your children in need team receive and how much your child protection team receive.

Yours faithfully,

LS Palmer