Welfare Checklist (PLO) 2008 introduced to ensure children are placed with relatives rather than in care

Mrs L Taylor (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Croydon Borough Council

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Mrs L Taylor (Account suspended)

Dear Sir or Madam,

http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk...

December 2006 - Evidence shows children in care are being let down
and suffer more than those placed with relatives.

We are interested to see how the introduction of the PLO (Public
Law Outline) Welfare Checklist 2008 has altered the outcomes for
children.

I would be grateful if under the FOIA you could advise how many
times your Local Authority has applied for care orders via the
Family Courts WITHOUT the Welfare checklist set out in section 1 of
the Children Act 1989 being completed. The completion of the
Welfare Checklist would confirm that extended family members had in
fact been contacted prior to any application for a care order.

Whoever signs the application for a care order is responsible for
ensuring that the Welfare checklist has been fully completed,
please state who within your authority holds this position.

‘The Government recognises the importance of family members taking
care of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. We know
that a child brought up by a family member benefits from living
with someone they already know and trust rather than a stranger.
The Children Act 1989 placed a duty on local authorities to support
the upbringing of children by their families wherever possible, and
that services should be provided to children in need and their
families to enable this to happen.

There is now an increased focus on the steps that must be taken
prior to any court proceedings. Unless it is necessary to take
emergency action to protect a child from immediate harm, the local
authority must undertake various steps before initiating care
proceedings. Welfare checklist set out in section 1 of the Children
Act 1989’

Yours faithfully,

Mrs L Taylor

Morris, Valerie, Croydon Borough Council

Dear Mrs Taylor

Thank you for your email dated 14 October 2009 in which you have requested
information in respect of, amongst other things how many times this local
authority has applied for care orders via the Family Courts without the
welfare checklist.

We are considering your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, and hope to respond within the statutory 20 working
days.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, either
myself or a colleague will let you know the likely charges before
proceeding.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
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Yours sincerely

Valerie Morris

Contract Monitoring Officer

Chief Executive's Office

Democratic & Legal Services Division

5th Floor South Side

Taberner House

Park Lane Croydon

CR9 3JS

Tel: 0208 686 4433 ext. 62676

Fax: 0208 760 5679

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Derby, James, Croydon Borough Council

Dear Mrs Taylor

Thank you for your email dated 14 October 2009 in which you have requested
amongst other things how many times this local authority has applied for
care orders via the Family Courts without the welfare checklist. We have
considered your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000, and apologise for the delay in replying.

We have conducted a search into our records and confirm that we do not
record the information you have requested. If the Council were to
undertake an exercise of checking the hundreds of cases we have issued
since the Public Law Outline, the absence or indeed presence of an express
"checklist" wouldn't mean that all the issues were not considered in
preparing the case or covered more broadly in the evidence provided.

The cumulative time it would take Council officers to undertake this
exercise would exceed the "appropriate limit". The appropriate limit has
been specified in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit)
Regulations 2004 and for local authorities it is set at £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2½ working days in
locating, retrieving and extracting the information from where it is
stored. Under Section 12 of the FOIA the Council is not obliged to comply
with your request and we will not be processing your request further.

If you are dissatisfied with the way the department has handled your
request under the Freedom of Information Act, you may ask for an internal
review. You can do this by outlining the details of your complaint and
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e-mailing us at [Croydon Borough Council request email] faxing us on 0208 760 5679
writing to FOI Complaints, London Borough of Croydon, Democratic and
Legal Services, Croydon, CR9 3JS

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

James Derby

Corporate Solicitor

Legal & Democratic Services

London Borough of Croydon

Taberner House

Park Lane

CR9 3JS

Tel: 020 8760 5768 Ext. 61359

Fax: 020 8760 5679

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