Think Family

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22960037
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http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/living/soci...
If you want to stop real abuse

1/ My question is when are the WSCC going to Think Family when there is NO abuse at all to a child except by the LA.

2/ When are the WSCC going to stop Forced Adoptions and Think Family.

Yours faithfully,

sheila oneill

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Dear Freedom of Information Act,

Thank you for your reply.

I will make the questions clearer.

1/ What tools do the social services have to use the Think Family approach.
2/ What reasons would the social services not use these tools.

Forced adoption is a process at best frowned upon and at worst becoming or has been made illegal in many coutries. So my last question refers to this.

3/ Has the WSCC any plans to remove Forced Adoption as an option.

Please refer me to any public meetings held or to be held by the WSCC to discuss this issue.

Yours sincerely,

sheila oneill

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West Sussex County Council

Dear Ms O'Neill,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request of 12 July
2013, regarding Think Family.

1/ What tools do the social services have to use the Think Family
approach.

Children’s Social Services in West Sussex are adopting the Signs of Safety
model for intervention and engagement with families.  A Think Family
approach is at the heart of this model supporting a simple conversation
with the whole family to agree plans aimed at improving outcomes and
reducing danger for children within the context of their family and
community life.  A range of tools are incorporated within this approach
for example tools to draw out the voice of each child, each family member.

Family Group conferences, Solutions Family clinics and Systemic family
work teams support a whole family approach drawing in the wider family
network to meet the needs of the whole family.

The common assessment process targeting Early Help for families in West
Sussex is also moving to adopt a Team Around the Family (TAF) approach
supporting whole family assessments that consider the needs of each family
member within the plan. This process is used to support families as they
step down from specialist intervention by Children’s Social Care.

Work has been undertaken in partnership with adult services to improve the
identification of adults who are accessing specialist help who are also
parents enabling the impact of their needs on the family life and
parenting responsibilities.  Examples of this are the work with the
substance misuse and adult mental health services.

2/ What reasons would the social services not use these tools.

The value of a holistic family approach is recognised within social
services.  There is a significant on-going challenge in maintaining the
balance between the demands of responding to the needs of the whole family
and ensuring that the needs of the child or children remain paramount.

In any family approach the social worker is the lead for the child or
children’s wellbeing.
 
Forced adoption is a process at best frowned upon and at worst becoming or
has been made illegal in many coutries. So my last question refers to
this.

3/ Has the WSCC any plans to remove Forced Adoption as an option.

West Sussex County Council always follows the Adoption Regulations and
seeks Court approval for all Adoption Orders. Whenever possible the child
is supported to remain with their birth parents or a relative.
Yours sincerely,

Maggie Lucey
Data Management & Access Officer - Information Liaison Officer
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sheila oneill left an annotation ()

There was no answer on part of the last question, i.e. what meetings are held within county hall to discuss the forced adoption procedure.
The reply was that central govenment sets the rules and the WSCC follow it without question.
It is in the interest of the WSCC as it receives vast amounts of money to push through forced adoptions.
If anyone visits the WSCC county hall and looks behind the reception you will find lists of meetings on fostering and placing children outside of birth families and adoptions.
To remove a child on force evidence amounts to child trafficking.
To not work fully with the Think Family and support birth families in crisis is not in the best interests of children (stats for children leaving care and failed adoptions support this)
As anyone who has worked towards a degree understands the brightest students are those that question everything they are taught. What is wrong with county halls that they do not do the same with central govenment. The only reason seems to be the financial rewards to the WSCC are just too good to refuse. Where does that work in the best interests of children.

sheila oneill left an annotation ()

http://nccpr.info/the-evidence-is-in-fos...

http://www.marilynstowe.co.uk/2013/06/13...

And while birth parents rights can be easily got rid of by LAs
Adopted parents have gained lifelong parenthood as courts refuse to revoke an adoption order for an unwanted adopted child.

http://www.marilynstowe.co.uk/2013/07/16...