Statement Upheld Adoption 04-Apr-2022
Summary: We will not investigate Mr X's complaint about the Council's actions in relation to his daughter whilst she was a looked-after child. That is because the Council has agreed to consider his complaints through the Children's Statutory Complaints procedure.
Statement Upheld Adoption 02-Mar-2022
Summary: We do not find fault in the investigation of Miss Y's complaint about an adoption agency's involvement with her grandchildren who are subject to a Special Guardianship Order. We do not uphold the points of complaint which Miss Y continues to dispute because they have been subject to a thorough and independent investigation. However, we consider the remedy already provided does not go far enough in resolving Miss Y's injustice. The Council will make a payment of £250 to fully remedy the time and trouble from the fault identified during the complaint investigation. The Council will also meet with Miss Y to consider whether her grandchildren need ongoing support.
Statement Upheld Adoption 27-Jan-2022
Summary: Mrs and Mrs X complained the Council unfairly reduced their adoption support payments after their eldest adopted child moved out and was accommodated by a neighbouring local authority. They also complained the Council has failed to provide them with respite care. There was no fault in how the Council decided to reduce their support payments. There was fault with its respite provision as it has not offered them respite in line with an agreed adoption support package. It will apologise, pay them £200 to acknowledge the frustration and uncertainty caused and confirm how it will provide this service going forward.
Statement Upheld Adoption 02-Dec-2021
Summary: The Council has unreasonably delayed considering Mr B's complaint at Stage 2 of the statutory procedure for children's services complaints. It has agreed to initiate Stage 2 and to offer to make a payment to Mr B to reflect the delay and the uncertainty this has caused.
Statement Upheld Adoption 01-Nov-2021
Summary: Mrs X complains that the Council refused to grant an adoption allowance for her adopted son, despite previously saying they would be entitled to it. She says this caused frustration, uncertainty, and stress. The Ombudsman finds the Council at fault for falsely raising Mrs X's hopes. This caused injustice. The Ombudsman is satisfied that the Council has already remedied the injustice caused.
Statement Upheld Adoption 27-Oct-2021
Summary: Mr and Mrs X complained the Council delayed in how it responded to their request for financial support as adoptive parents. We find the Council was at fault. That has caused Mr and Mrs X avoidable distress and frustration. The Council has offered a financial remedy and to review its guidance on adoption allowances. We are satisfied this remedies the injustice caused.
Statement Upheld Adoption 26-Sep-2021
Summary: Mr and Mrs P complain about their dealings with the Council in the course of their adoption of their son, B. An independent investigation upheld 14 of their 15 complaints. The Council accepted the investigator's findings and recommendations. I agree with the independent investigator's findings and the action the Council has taken in response.
Statement Upheld Adoption 12-Sep-2021
Summary: The Council is at fault for delaying considering a complaint at stage three of the children's statutory complaints procedure. The Council has agreed to start its stage three investigation without delay and will offer to make a payment to the complainant to remedy the time and trouble its delay has caused him.
Statement Upheld Adoption 12-Aug-2021
Summary: the Council failed to complete an Asset Plus assessment initially as its policy requires and this amounts fault. However, this did not cause injustice so the Council is not required to take any action
Statement Upheld Adoption 06-Aug-2021
Summary: Ms B complained about the way the Council failed to progress her adoption assessment and delayed in dealing with her complaint about it. This delayed her approval as an adopter by over two years. The Council accepted the failings, apologised to Ms B and offered her £2000. We agreed the Council was at fault and that the payment is appropriate to put right the injustice. The Council has agreed to assist Ms B to progress a new application now.