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

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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

Hampshire County Council

Dear Mrs Taylor

Thank you for contacting Hampshire County Council by email.

Your request has been forwarded to our Corporate Complaints department (who also deal with Freedom of Information enquiries) and a member of staff will contact you shortly.

Kind Regards,

Paul

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Children's Services Freedom of Information requests, Hampshire County Council

Dear Mrs Taylor

Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information, which was received
on 14 October 2009. You requested:

* 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.
* 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 Children's Services Department will provide a response within 20
working days from receipt of your request.

Yours sincerely

Anne Melesk

Performance & Planning Children's Services
Tel: 01962 846979 (HPSN: 8 200 6979)

Email: Children's Services Freedom of Information requests

Corporate Complaints Team, Hampshire County Council

Dear Mrs Taylor

Thank you for your email of where you requested information about the
welfare checklist 2008.

From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be able to
answer your request without further clarification.

The County Council requires further information in order to identify and
locate the information you have asked for.

We have been advised that there is no such document as the Public Law
Outline welfare checklist 2008. Please confirm that your request is for
welfare checklist as per the PLO check list (PLO1).

Once you have clarified your request, I will be able to begin to process
your request. If I do not receive clarification within three months your
request will be considered to have lapsed. (Under section 1(3) of the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a public authority need not comply with
a request unless any further information reasonably required to locate the
information is supplied).

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely

Vikas

Vikas Gupta
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court, The Castle,
Winchester UK - SO23 8UJ

Corporate Complaints Team, Hampshire County Council

Dear Mrs Taylor

I wrote to you on 30 October 2009 asking for clarification in regards to
your request.
As I have received no response to my request for clarification I now
consider your Freedom of Information request lapsed.

If you still require the information please resubmit your request.

Yours sincerely

Vikas

Vikas Gupta
Corporate Complaints Team
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court
The Castle
Winchester UK - SO23 8UJ

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