FOI Request - Corporal Punishment
1. What is your council’s policy with regard to corporal punishment of children in the assessment/approval of prospective adoptive carers (not foster carers)? Please provide a copy of all relevant policies.
2. If your council does not have a formal policy, what procedures are in place or what practice is followed by assessment staff with regard to the corporal punishment of children in the assessment/approval of prospective adoptive carers (not foster carers)? Please provide copies of any procedures or training materials relied on by staff.
3. Does your council refuse to approve prospective adoptive carers who do not undertake to refrain from using corporal punishment for children placed with them? If yes, what is the policy/procedure/guidance used to support this position? Please provide copies.
1. There is no written policy on corporal punishment.
2. It is made clear in training and during assessment processes for adopter that smacking or other forms of corporal punishment are not to be used with children. This would be explored when looking at behaviour management and also when looking at stress management and support networks.
3. We would refuse to assess someone on the grounds that they would not agree with not using corporal punishment. Again there is no written policy on this but research and legislation would be used to back up this decision.