TAKING Parental Responsibility for Children in the ‘care’ of local councils

Published by the Society of Friends and Advocates, this welfare check list for ensuring the welfare of one’s child and children is derived from the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child to which the UK is a subscriber.

We sent it to the Director of Children’s Services in Barnet – the Council responsible for getting Melissa Laird arrested in Spain, imprisoned in Holloway and deported to the US so that her son could be adopted

You may consider using our letter to Barnet Council as a model for taking parental responsibility for your child whilst in the ‘care’ of your local authority.

Article 3 of the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child says:

1. In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.

2. States Parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being, taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians, or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and, to this end, shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures.

3. States Parties shall ensure that the institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children shall conform with the standards established by competent authorities, particularly in the areas of safety, health, in the number and suitability of their staff, as well as competent supervision.

Given the Jimmy Savile scandal and numerous other reports on deaths and abuse taking place whilst children are in ‘care’, it is paramount that parents protect their children and get the assurance from Local Authorities that the best interest of the child is indeed guaranteed.

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7 Responses to TAKING Parental Responsibility for Children in the ‘care’ of local councils

  1. truthaholics says:

    Evidence has shown that in far too many cases the local authority FAILS in practice to implement the care plan upon which the final care order was premised at court when the Judge signed off and approved it for the duration of the child’s minority hence often causing IRREPARABLE HARM to the child, who, in effect, becomes LOST IN CARE.

    This would happen completely unbeknownst to the natural parents who though most probably ruled out as carers [OFTEN ON MERELY SURMISED RISK OF FUTURE HARM OR EMOTIONAL ABUSE] still retain the ability and legal right as part of their parental responsibility to take the matter back to court for proper determination and remedy, yet would be typically be in the dark – often misinformed over the actual quality of care and degree to which their child’s welfare was, in fact, being promoted, or not, as the case may have been, thereby rendering the entire family’s rights to a fair trial under Article 6, taken with their rights to RESPECT for family life under Article 8, utterly obsolete and meaningless, because the ECtHR has consistently maintained ANY taking of a child into care is a TEMPORARY MEASURE to be DISCONTINUED as soon as circumstances permit.

    Against this backdrop and in order to make arrangements for looked after children in this situation compatible with the Human Rights Act the office of the Independent Reviewing Officer was created by parliament PRECISELY to monitor IMPLEMENTATION of a care plan – BOTH independently and objectively.

    The IRO Handbook, Statutory Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and
    Local Authorities on their functions in relation to case Management and Review for
    Looked After Children 2010 states:

     The full written record of the review, including the decisions, should be
    distributed within 20 working days of the completion of the review.

     All those who attend the review should receive a copy of the record and the
    decisions, with any identifying details removed as necessary, for example,
    exceptionally, the address of the placement.

     Where parents do not attend the review part of the meeting with the child and
    contribute their views in some other manner, a discussion should take place
    between the social worker and the IRO as to whether it is in the child’s interest
    for the parents to receive a full record of the review and, if not, what written
    information should be sent to them. Examples of where this should be a
    consideration are where there is a no contact order or supervised contact only.

    THESE ARE IMPORTANT CRITERIA WHICH MUST BE OBSERVED IN PRACTICE NOT JUST IN THEORY AS A CRUCIAL SAFEGUARD AGAINST LAZY AND/OR OVER-ZEALOUS SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.

    YET FAR TOO OFTEN IRO’S ACT IN COLLUSION WITH SOCIAL WORKERS TO KEEP NATURAL PARENTS FROM EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS TO REUNIFY THEIR FAMILY ON THE BASIS OF DEMONSTRATING AN IMPROVEMENT IN CIRCUMSTANCES SINCE WHEN THE CARE ORDER WAS MADE.

    IF YOU ARE IN THIS POSITION IE. IN THE DARK, NOT KNOWING YOUR CHILD’S FATE IN CARE, MAKE A STAGE ONE COMPLAINT QUOTING THE ABOVE PASSAGE TO GET THE BALL ROLLING AND SEE YOUR COUNTY COUNCILLOR AND MP.

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