Digital copy of a Memorandum from Sylvia Roberts of the Law Officers' Department to Sean Pontin, Karen Mundy, Jackie Wood, Tanja Tinari, and Alison Tandy, on the subject of a child adopted in October 2006. [Some details redacted].

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May 5th 2012 - May 5th 2012

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Provides details of the background of the case, noting adoption of child with sister, and breakdown in child's placement during March 2012, leading to the child's placement at Brig-y-don [Children's Home]. Notes frequency of child protection referrals in respect of the child, mentioning concerns for his emotional and physical welfare. Refers to assessments regarding the child's therapeutic needs, and conclusion that the child's needs are unable to be met by local provision. Notes also likelihood of child meeting biological and adopted family in Jersey. Notes correspondence from [individuals] regarding the child, and their dissatisfaction with the child's care by Children's Services. Discusses advice in relation to placement considerations for the child, noting indications that a long term placement at Brig-y-don is not in the child's best interests. Suggests that if the child's behaviour deteriorates, a request for a secure accommodation order could be made. Notes that a failure to provide appropriate future care and therapeutic needs for the child will lead to Children's Services being the subject of criticism in court proceedings regarding the child. Notes possibility of a future personal injury claim being brought in relation to [Children's Services'] failure to intervene when the child was with his birth family, and in relation to his adoptive placement. States that the placement of the child in an appropriate therapeutic environment would meet the child's needs and mitigate some of the damage caused to him and any damages later awarded. Recommends that [individuals'] concerns and complaints be adequately addressed by Children's Services in respect to decisions made by Children's Services regarding the care and assessment of the needs of the child, and the lack of support provied to the [individuals] in respect of their own care of the child. Advises Children's Services to commission an independent review of the decision making in the case, both pre and post adoption. Recommends undertaking of a disruption review, and suggests possible leaders and contacts in respect of the review. Also comments on child's sister's placement, and care proceedings. Concludes that failure to intervene in the child's case will lead to criticism of the [Health and Social Services] minister. Advises that action be taken to address issues raised in the memorandum.


Brig-y-Don Children's Home
British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Children's Services
Health and Social Services
Law Officers' Department
Mundy, Karen
Pontin, Sean
Roberts, Sylvia
Rothwell, Jackie
Tinari, Tanja
Tandy, Allison
Wood, Jackie


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