Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Upheld Looked after children 19-Jan-2021
Summary: There is no evidence of fault in how the Council managed the educational provision for a looked after child, Y. There was a delay in assessing Y's Special Educational Needs, however this did not cause an injustice.
Statement Upheld Looked after children 15-Jan-2021
Summary: The Council considered S's wish to increase contact with his parents and siblings, but it failed to arrange his reviews for a time and place he would be able to attend without having to miss school and did not ensure the Independent Reviewing Officer spoke to S before the reviews. The Council has agreed to take action to ensure S fully understands its reasons for not increasing contact and to prevent similar failings in future.
Statement Not upheld Looked after children 05-Jan-2021
Summary: there is no fault that has caused Mr A injustice in relation to his complaint about the actions of the Council's children's services team.
Statement Upheld Looked after children 17-Dec-2020
Summary: Mr S complained, through his representative, the Council failed to properly plan for his release from custody and failed to support him as a child in need. This caused him distress because he did not have a suitable address or support plan, which would have allowed him to take advantage of early release. He did not have a permanent address or full-time education in place from his automatic release date even though he was only fifteen years of age at the time. There is evidence of fault by the Council and it has been asked to apologise, make payments and amend its procedures so it begins planning for children's releases earlier.
Statement Not upheld Looked after children 16-Dec-2020
Summary: There is no evidence of fault by the Council in how it considered Miss X's complaints about the welfare of her son and the use of his disability living allowance by his foster carers.
Statement Upheld Looked after children 23-Nov-2020
Summary: The Council failed to provide support to Miss Y as a care leaver, particularly with finding suitable accommodation, after it failed to recognise she was a looked after child between the ages of 16 and 18. To remedy the injustice caused to Miss Y it will apologise, revise its procedures, assess what support Miss Y should receive as a care leaver, and make a payment to acknowledge the distress and uncertainty caused by fault.
Statement Upheld Looked after children 11-Nov-2020
Summary: Mrs X complains about the Council's failure to provide information about her deceased daughter's care while she was a Looked after Child. This caused significant distress to Mrs X. The Ombudsman finds the Council to be at fault because it was unable to show it made any meaningful enquiries about what happened the night Mrs X's daughter died. To remedy the injustice caused to Mrs X, the Council has agreed to apologise, make a symbolic payment to her, make enquiries about what happened and reflect on its practices.
Statement Upheld Looked after children 27-Oct-2020
Summary: Mr X complained about a lack of support from his personal adviser in relation to his housing costs. The Council was at fault for a lack of support in resolving problems with Mr X's housing benefit claim and assisting him with managing his service charge arrears between April and December 2018. The Council should apologise and pay him £150 for the worry and frustration caused. The arrears have since been cleared.
Statement Upheld Looked after children 05-Oct-2020
Summary: Mr X complains the Council failed to facilitate contact with his children from 2014 to 2017. The Council is at fault for not arranging contact and failing to keep Mr X involved in his children's care. The Council should apologise, pay Mr X £650, and take action to improve its service.
Statement Not upheld Looked after children 16-Sep-2020
Summary: Ms X complained about the lack of contact she has had with her child, who is in care. She says the Council has cancelled sessions at short notice which means it has failed to meet the contact requirements set by the court. Ms X says this has caused her distress. The Council was not at fault.