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

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Simon Landau,

Dear Mrs Taylor,

I am writing to you in response to the Freedom of
Information Act request you sent to Hackney.

Dear Sir or Madam,

[1]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 (1) 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.

(2) 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

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?

Ans - 1) I can confirm that the London borough of Hackney's Children
and Young People's Service have never applied for a care order via the

Family Court without the Welfare checklist set out in section 1 of the
Children Act 1989 being completed. A Children's Resource Panel is in
place which convenes to discuss all children potentially needing a
care order and it's responsibility/function is to ensure that the
welfare checklist is thoroughly adhered too.

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?

Ans - 2) All Interim Care Order applications are agreed in the first
instance at Children's Resource panel, mentioned above, legal draft
the application and it is signed of in the name of the Corporate
Director for Law and Democratic services. The evidence to support the
application is prepared by the social worker and that is usually in
the form of a statement and care plan. These documents are signed off
by the allocated social worker and their manager.

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Kind regards

Simon Landau

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London Borough of Hackney

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