Looked after children reviews

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Please could you provide me with a copy of your policies and procedures relating to reviewing the care provided to looked after children. Please include information relating to how views of parents are sought and considered. Please also state whether the same policies and procedures are used for children under s20 of the Children Act.

Yours faithfully,

Sophie

Tracey Robinson, Birmingham City Council

Dear Sophie

 

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Tracey Robinson

Business Continuity and Information Governance Officer

 

 

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Information Governance Manager

Governance and Policy

Children, Young People and Families Directorate

Birmingham City Council

 

Tel: 0121 464 4591

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Tracey Robinson, Birmingham City Council

Dear Sophie

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 

Please could you provide me with a copy of your policies and procedures
relating to reviewing the care provided to looked after children. 

Please include information relating to how views of parents are sought and
considered. 

Please also state whether the same policies and procedures are used for
children under s20 of the Children Act. 

 

Please see response below:

 

We do not have any local procedure relating to reviewing care plans for
looked after children.  There is national guidance in the Chapter 4 of the
Children Act 1989 Guidance Volume 2 and in Chapter 3 of the Independent
Reviewing Officer’s Handbook.  Both of these are available at

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

 

The care plans of looked after children are reviewed on a regular basis
(first review at 3 months and subsequent reviews at six monthly intervals.
We comply with statutory guidance for which we have provided the link.

 

The review process is tailored to the individual needs of the child and
birth parents engagement will depend on individual circumstances.

 

The views of parents are sought in relation to individual cases. 

 

They are recorded in the review meeting notes, where parents provide their
views to the meeting either directly through their attendance, or through
a 3^rd party such as the social worker, advocate etc.  Correspondence from
parents will be attached to their child’s Care First file.  The main
emphasis during the review is very much on representing the views of the
child and facilitating this.  However, parental views should be
represented in the assessment stage of the process which should then
inform the local authority care plan for that child.  Parents views would
also be sought through court proceedings but these may not be specifically
provided to the child’s care review. 

 

For children looked after under S20 of the Children Act 1989, parents
continue to hold parental responsibility and the limits of the local
authority’s remit will be covered by the Delegation of Authority forms
held on the child’s file which is signed when the child comes into care. 

 

Further guidance on this can be found at
[2]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

 

If you have any information which may assist us in determining or locating
any missed information, we would be grateful if you would contact us with
details of this information, so that we can conduct a further search.

 

If you are not satisfied with the response you may ask for an internal
review.  If subsequently you are not satisfied with the Council's decision
you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally,
the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council.  The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at the following address:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 01625 545745             Web Address: [3]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Robinson

Business Continuity and Information Governance Officer

 

 

Sent of behalf of:

Steve Cullen

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Policy Team

Directorate for People

Birmingham City Council

 

Tel: 0121 464 4591

Email: [4][email address]

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