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Swansea Bay Racial Equality Council: influence or directing of child protection, social services inquiries and family court proceedings.

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Dear Swansea Council,

According to communication between a social worker and the director of the Swansea Bay Racial Equality Council [SBREC] it was stated that the social worker had supported the Mother by writing a s.7 [welfare] report for the courts and advising her of the court process - in private law/residence/contact proceedings.

This seemingly partial and improper support was given, due it appears to pressure and support from the SBREC, following allegations made by the Mother against the father and her then being found to have locked the children home alone [on more than one occasion]. The Mother’s solicitor had legal aid and was in position to provide any advice in private law proceedings, not social services.

Please provide a copy of the policy or guidance in such cases

1. For providing support in private law proceedings including writing [favourable] s.7 reports - where pressures are brought to bear by support groups and/or ethnic/minority support groups [such as the SBREC] by their demanding support from social/child protection services.

2. Providing support to the Mother [supported by groups] whilst not informing the father of concerns for the children raised by third parties.

3. Withholding disclosure or otherwise assisting the Mother [supported by groups] by “grooming” the evidence from social work files.

Please provide any information in electronic format.

Thanks

Yours faithfully,

Gwynne Davies

Collis, Kim, Swansea Council

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Dear Mr Davies,

 

Please find attached our response to your FOI request.

 

Regards,

 

Kim Collis

[1][IMG]Kim Collis

Uned Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth

Information Governance Unit

( 01792 636760

* [2][email address]

 

 

 

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Dear Collis, Kim,

Thanks for your response.

However, the information provided does not respond to the request.

The council's procedures were requested. From the information provided to the request the Council did not follow the statutory guidance not least by failing to be impartial.

Perhaps you can look again/review the request.

Yours sincerely,

Gwynne Davies

Collis, Kim, Swansea Council

Dear Mr Davies,

Thank you for your email. The Freedom of Information Act requires us to provide recorded information, which in this case is the statutory guidance provided to you.

If you think that Social Services failed to follow that guidance when they dealt with you, you can make a complaint to them about the way you were treated. There is more information about this process at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/sscomplaints

Kind regards,

Kim Collis
Uned Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
Information Governance Unit
I 01792 636760
0 [email address]

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