Policy on Service User Recording of Meetings with the LA

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Dear Scarborough Borough Council,

What is the Local Authorities Policy & Practice on recording of
meetings with the LA by service users especially in social services
matters under the children act 1989 (IE Recordings by parents or
children or those that might act for or assist them) ie in any form
of recording including where there are legal proceedings as
follows:

A. What is the official policy and actual practice regarding
parents who wish to or who do audio or video or photographic record
meetings either with or without (ie covertly) the LA's knowledge:

1. In Parents/Children's Homes
2. In socials services premises
3. In LA Third Party contractors premises such as contact centres.
4. Does the LA have any contracts that allow or forbid such
recordings with or without (ie covertely) the knowledge:.
5. Does the LA engage with third parties that provide service that
allow or forbid with or without (ie covertely) the knowledge:

And

B. What is the LA's policy and practice regarding such recordings
by service users.

1. Does it forbid or discourage such and how
2. Allow and encourage such and how
3. How does it inform on such policies as in 1 or 2 above prior to
or during a meeting and how
4. If it is realised that such recording is or has taken place what
is the LA's policy and practice regarding its response.
5. Does the LA have any sanctions policy or framework either under
contract as in A 4. above or otherwise where such recordings have
taken place by service users:
5. Does the LA LA engage with third parties that provide services
especially such as contact centers for children as in A. 5. above
have any sanctions policy or framework where such recordings have
taken place by service users:

Notes:

i) For the purpose of this FOI Request: Recording means any Audio,
Video or Photographic Recording on any device, the LA may of course
specify regarding reference to specific types where there are
differences in policy and practice to these types.

ii) The thrust of this FOI request is aimed at matters involving
Children's Services and Parents/Children under the children act
1989. However the LA response can include covering all policies &
practices of the LA if those also include matters involving
Children's Services and Parents/Children.

iii) This FOI request regarding third parties such as contact
centers are regarding those service providers who provide services
to the above service providers are a contracted service to Service
Users under arrangements involving the LA directly such as
supervised contacts under the children act 1989.

Yours faithfully,

Advocacy Fund

FOI, Scarborough Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam
I refer to the Freedom of Information request appended below and can inform you that Scarborough Borough Council does not hold the information you require. This information is held by the North Yorkshire County Council and you should therefore direct your request to the following:

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

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer

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