Photographs of final contact in cases of forced adoption

Mary Carr made this Freedom of Information request to Derbyshire County Council

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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?

Yours faithfully,

Mary Carr

Mary Carr

Access2info (Corporate Resources), Derbyshire County Council

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CAYA FOI (Children and Younger Adults), Derbyshire County Council

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
relatives? NO

 

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
commercially?

 

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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Dave Darby left an annotation ()

Chapter 37 of The Protection of Children Act 1978, is the only piece of UK Legislation that mentions anything about taking pictures of children. ANY person, can take a picture of ANY child, without consent, providing those pictures are not indecent. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1978....
If the images are being used for a professional purpose, then usually a minor image release form is signed.

Many contact centres and social workers are saying no to pictures, because many centres charge a fee for picture taking....shocking!

David Darby
Trying to be a loving father to Tommi Cayden Darby #tommi