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 Devon County 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

Freedom of Information Office, Devon County Council

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Dear Mrs L Taylor.

Freedom of Information Request 101000375478

I am in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 dated 14/10/2009 regarding court orders made by Devon
County Council via the Family courts. You are entitled to be informed
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Freedom of Information Office - Mailbox, Devon County Council

Dear Mrs L Taylor

Information Request 101000375478

I am in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 regarding the PLO welfare checklist 2008.

In response to your question relating to the number of times Devon County
Council 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, I can confirm that this information is not centrally recorded.
There is no "completion" of a welfare checklist that the Children & Young
Persons Services (CYPS) Directorate are obliged to do. That said pretty
much every statement of evidence filed in support of an initial
application will contain a consideration of the welfare - checklist.

It is also the case that CYPS will do everything in their power to use
family members to care for children in an effort to avoid public law
proceedings.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Martin Lawrence

Corporate Information Governance Officer
Devon County Council
Room L10
County Hall
Exeter EX2 4QD
Tel: 01392 384674
Email: [Devon County Council request email]

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