Update – Stage 2 Complaint V Gwynedd Council.

Today, the 25th of May, 2018, is the anniversary of our raising a Stage 2 complaint against Cyngor Gwynedd Council, on the advice of the Ombudsman for Wales.

One year in a process that should take 28 days and it is still not completed.

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Update #Gwynedd Council Censoring Of Personal Information.

On the 23rd May, 2018, Cyngor Gwynedd Council finally released to us an unredacted copy of an email written by a Gwynedd Council manager containing our personal information.

They had no right to censor our personal information, this was done deliberately, to prevent us from reading unprofessional and disparaging comments made about us by a senior social work manager.

It should have been released to us in October, 2016 in accordance with our Subject Access Request.

An Information Manager dealing with the issue says there was no legitimate reason for it to be redacted or denied us, this was not the only email that was redacted in this same manner, for the same reasons, from the same manager.

19 months to obtain all the information allowed us by Law under the Data Protection Act.
A process that should take a maximim of 40 days.

We now wonder whether or not the Council provided us with all that we were entitled to at that time…..or not…who knows ?

Something is so badly wrong within Gwynedd Council.

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Maladministration At Gwynedd Council 2018.

On the 16th March, 2018, Gwynedd Council’s Corporate Director and Head of Social Services, Morwena Edwards, finally responded to our Stage 2 Complaint, nearly 5 months after the completed Report was received by the Council.

The entire process has taken over 10 months to conclude – a process that according to Gwynedd’s Statutory Policy should take 28 days.

Our complaint(s) were upheld by the ‘Independent’ Investigator and her Report – twice sanitised by the Council – still makes for some very interesting reading. But that is for another time.

The Data Breach and censoring of our personal information are currently being investigated as a separate complaint by Gwynedd’s Information department. But we have now been told that the Manager is not able to deal with the issue of a senior manager, Melvin Panther, writing disparaging comments about the family to other agencies – so our complaint in this respect is still not concluded.

The official response from the Council is signed off by Morwena Edwards and she attempts to totally whitewash the highly critical Report into her department.

According to the Welsh Government Guidelines on Social Services Complaints, the Council were obliged to offer to meet with us to discuss the report and their response. They have not offered a meeting and as we have yet again been denied the opportunity to discuss the report and their response to it, we wrote in response to the Council.

We pointed out that the Children and Family department attempts to gloss over the systemic failings uncovered by the ‘Independent’ Investigator and still seek to blame anyone but themselves.

Social Workers and other Council Officers admit that the child’s case was allowed ‘to drift’.

Our reply to the Corporate Director(s) was that her response is nonsensical and farcical and disregards the failure of Social Workers and the appalling state of record keeping within the Children’s department.

During this time, the Ombudsman for Wales has also been investigating Gwynedd Council.

Their Report upholds all our complaints and highlights maladministration and service failure by Gwynedd Social Services going as far back as 2010.

Yet this time Gwynedd Council have held up their hands to the Ombudman’s Report and agreed to implement all the recommendations made – including certain officers being retrained in respect of the Council adhering to their Statutory Duties.

The Council would have received the Ombudsman’s Report early last week. They have still not contacted us.

Something is so badly wrong within Gwynedd Council.

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Gwynedd Council Complaint – Three Become One.

It is now 12 weeks since Cyngor Gwynedd council received the ‘Independent Report’ into our Stage 2 complaint first raised in May, 2017, as advised by the Ombudsman for Wales.

The council continue to ignore our requests for a copy of the Report and refuse to say whether our 6 points of complaint have been upheld by the Investigator.

The previous posts have given details of two points – of six – of our complaint and may go someway to explain Gwynedd’s Children and Family Support Department’s seeming reluctance to share the report with ourselves.

Due to the limitations I have in publicising this case and the way the Independent Investigator has written the complaint it is easier to discuss the next three points as one.

All three points of complaint reference the input of Senior Social Worker, Delyth Davies, who was assigned to carry out a Core Assessment of Needs on a diagnosed Autistic child with PDA and other complex issues.

The complaint contends that the Core assessment does not reflect the needs of the child and totally ignores the fact the child has needs relating to independence, socialisation and self-care skills, the child also has S.E.N. It states that all the child’s needs are met by parents and education, but with no regard for the future and what the needs and possible limitations may be as the child enters adulthood.

I have been involved in Assessments in the past – assessing the elderly for dementia and related care needs – and in my professional opinion the assessment undertaken by Delyth Davies was ‘inadequate’ to say the least.

Delyth Davies was questioned by the parents why the assessment considered the child to have no ‘disability’, she acted surprised and stated that it was a mistake. When asked if she would then put right her ‘mistake’, she said she could not answer at that time, due to having to speak with her managers first. Those managers are Sharron Carter Williams and Melvin Panther.

Delyth Davies had asked for additional information to be sent electronically to her as she stated she could only add information and amend things on the computer and she couldn’t just ‘dip in and out of it’.

My wife duly scanned and sent copies to Delyth Davies electronically for this purpose, as she was asked. No changes were made.

Information provided by parents and a Tutor were ‘filed’ instead of being included in the Core Assessment as promised, nor was a change made to the Core Assessment to state that the child was considered disabled.

The complaint also asks Delyth Davies, for an explanation of why she thought it appropriate to send an email regarding our complaint to someone not being part of or involved, in any way, with the complaint.

I have sighted the email and I read it as being written for one reason only – to maliciously cause trouble for my wife. Hopefully, the social worker’s explanation when finally released will assure me this is not the case.

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