Policies and Procedures / Social Services - Child Adoption

The Advocacy Fund made this Freedom of Information request to North Yorkshire County Council

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The Advocacy Fund

Dear North Yorkshire County Council,

Under the Freedom of information act please can you send to me electronic copies of

A The policies and procedures which relate to social services removing children from the care of their parents.

B The criteria which has to be fulfilled to make a child eligible for being adopted out of a parents care

C What psychological assessments are used on the parents? (or other assessments) and a copy of a blank version.

PLEASE NOTE FOR CLARITY SAKE:

This FOI is made by the following organisation and not by an individual

This FOI Request is made by the Advocacy Fund which is an organisation and not by an individual.

http://advocacy-fund.org

ICO Section 8 Guidance states:

In the case of a company, it is not necessary to provide the full registered name. It will be acceptable to provide another name which exists as a real entity, such as a trading name.

Also under the guidance an email address is considered sufficient under the DPA for an address.

FOR CLARITY:
The Advocacy Fund is the Name of the organisation that is managed by Advocati Massa Ltd (Reg In England), who appoints it officers. Both are Not for Profit Organisations.

Both are real names in law and this FOI request is therefore compliant with the FOI Act and section 8 Guidance.

Please Forward all Responses to our Information Officer

Yours faithfully

Jane Clearly
Information Officer
The Advocacy Fund

Data Management Officer, North Yorkshire County Council

Dear Ms Clearly

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000, of which we acknowledge receipt.

Your request has been passed to the appropriate officer to provide a response as soon as possible, and in any event within 20 working days, as required by the Act.

Kind regards

Paul Atkinson, for

Data Management Officer
North Yorkshire County Council
01609 533219 [email address]

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Kathy Peacock, North Yorkshire County Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your request for information, please find below our reply.

A. Please see attached a copy of the NYCC guidelines that are followed when Children's Social Care remove a child from the care of their parents. Some personal details have been removed from this document. We are withholding this information under section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which exempts personal information from disclosure if disclosure would breach one or more principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. In this case we consider that disclosure would breach the first principle, namely that personal information must be fairly and lawfully processed and must meet one of the conditions for processing as provided by schedule 2 of the Act. In this case we consider that the disclosure would be unfair and unlawful and none of the conditions for processing would be met.

I have attached a copy of the appeals procedure for your information.

B. The law dictates the criteria to be fulfilled when considering whether a child should be placed for adoption. This is contained in section 1 Adoption & Children Act 2002, which refers to any harm suffered under section 31 Children Act 1989. This can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002...

C. NYCC commission individual psychological assessments jointly with other parties within care proceedings as and when required and therefore do not hold a blank assessment. Psychologists are independent experts used within care proceedings when considered appropriate by the Court.

I hope you find this information of use.

Kind regards

Kathy Peacock

Room SB09
County Hall
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL78AE
01609532107/07974768883

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