Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Upheld Adoption 15-Oct-2019
Summary: Ms X complains the Council has failed to fully implement the recommendations made by the stage three review panel. The Council's failure to review and amend its Adoption Support Policy in line with the review panel's recommendations and the Council's own assurances amounts to fault.
Statement Upheld Adoption 02-Aug-2019
Summary: Mr B and Mr C complain about a lack of support after the Council placed children with them for adoption. The Council was at fault, including for delaying arranging therapy for the children and for not sharing information properly. Those faults caused the family unnecessary practical difficulties, upset and uncertainty. The Council has agreed our recommendations, including an apology, payments to the family, providing any outstanding adoption support and changing procedures and staff training as necessary.
Statement Upheld Adoption 16-Jul-2019
Summary: Ms X complains that the Council has not provided a suitable remedy for the faults found in her children's social care complaint about lack of background information on her adopted child. The Ombudsman finds that the Council did not provide a sufficient remedy to recognise the impact of the long period without the information she needs. The Council has now agreed a suitable remedy including taking steps to obtain the information, reviewing procedures and making a payment to Ms X.
Statement Upheld Adoption 04-Jul-2019
Summary: The Council was at fault for a seven-month delay in arranging a meeting between Mr and Mrs B and their daughter's independent reviewing officer, and in providing them with photographs of their daughter from before it placed her for adoption. The Council has agreed to arrange the meeting, provide the photographs and apologise to Mr and Mrs B for the delay.
Statement Upheld Adoption 20-May-2019
Summary: Mr and Mrs X complain on behalf of their daughter, Y and state the Council has failed to provide the post adoption support she needs. They say it delayed when dealing with their request for help and gave poor and conflicting advice about the type of support that is available. The Ombudsman has found the Council was at fault for the way it assessed Y's needs, the way it handled Mr and Mrs X's request for funding, and for failing to provide clear information and advice about the post adoption support process. It was also at fault for taking too long to initiate the EHC needs assessment process and for not following the children's statutory complaint procedure. These failures put Y at risk of harm and caused Mr and Mrs X distress, plus they incurred time and trouble when pursuing their complaint about this matter. To remedy this injustice, the Council has agreed to consider what support it will provide the family and make payments to them. It has also agreed to make several service improvements to prevent the faults identified from reoccurring.
Statement Upheld Adoption 29-Apr-2019
Summary: Mr and Mrs B complain about the Council's actions when they approached it to adopt a child. Mr and Mrs B say this caused them significant distress and financial loss. The Council has accepted fault and offered a remedy. Mr and Mrs B are unhappy with the remedy. The Ombudsman finds fault with the Council. The Council agrees to reimburse Mr and Mrs B's costs, make a payment for avoidable distress and review its fostering and adoption policy.
Statement Upheld Adoption 29-Jan-2019
Summary: Mr and Mrs X complained about the Council's delays in applying to the Adoption Support Fund and in dealing with their complaint about this matter. We have not investigated the part of their complaint about adoption support as they may pursue this further through the statutory children's social care complaints procedure. There was fault in the way the Council dealt with their complaint. The Council has agreed a suitable remedy including an apology, payment and a review of its complaint handling.
Statement Upheld Adoption 18-Dec-2018
Summary: Mr and Mrs X says the Council failed to take meaningful action or provide support to their adopted daughter following incidents of self-harm. There was fault by the Council because it did not assess the support needs of Mr and Mrs X and their daughter. The Council agreed a financial remedy to reflect the injustice suffered by the family in consequence of this fault.
Statement Upheld Adoption 15-Nov-2018
Summary: Mrs C says the Council failed to communicate and work with her while it arranged foster placements for her estranged son and that it failed to investigate her complaint about these matters properly. On the evidence so far seen, the Council was at fault for unacceptable delay in the complaints process but was not otherwise at fault. The Council should pay her £250 and apologise.
Statement Not upheld Adoption 12-Nov-2018
Summary: Ms X says the Council unreasonably refused to meet a duty to investigate and compile a report for a court under the Adoption and Children Act 2002. The complaint was closed because we did not find fault by the Council.