Dear Derbyshire County Council,
What is your policy with regard to taking photographs at final contact visits where a child is being put into forced adoption?
Where photographs are taken who takes this important final record - social services or a photographer?
Do you charge for providing these photographs to the parents or to other relatives?
If so how much is charged and what is the actual cost of the photographs to social services?
How are they produced - by computer print out in the office or commercially?
Is any charge means tested?
Does it take into account vulnerability of the parent or relative in the process who cannot afford to pay?
Do you charge parents or siblings under the age of 18?
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Dear Ms Carr
Thank you for your information request dated 18^th October 2015. Your
request has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. The answers to your questions are shown below.
What is your policy with regard to taking photographs at final contact
visits where a child is being put into forced adoption?
Derbyshire County Council does not have a specific policy with regard to
taking photographs at final contact visits where a child is being placed
for non-consensual adoption.
Where photographs are taken who takes this important final record - social
services or a photographer?
The photograph would be taken by a member of the department.
Do you charge for providing these photographs to the parents or to other
If so how much is charged and what is the actual cost of the photographs
to social services? N/A
How are they produced - by computer print- out in the office or
It is not possible to say how such photographs might be produced as custom
and practice will vary.
Is any charge means tested? N/A
Does it take into account vulnerability of the parent or relative in the
process who cannot afford to pay? N/A
Do you charge parents or siblings under the age of 18? N/A
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