Creating Strategy: Children’s History

You’ll already be aware of the reasons for your child’s removal from their birth family, and this knowledge will dictate how stringent your online privacy strategy needs to be.

It should already be obvious from this history, and from the level of ongoing contact (if any) recommended by the relevant local authority/agency, how much protection from birth family your child requires.

For example, these are situations where you would want to take a “zero-tolerance” approach:

  • if there had been significant abuse or neglect;
  • at least one member of the birth family contested and never accepted the removal and subsequent adoption order;
  • there would still be a significant physical or emotional risk to the child if they were to have contact with birth family members.

Other circumstances may allow for a lower level of privacy, albeit with ongoing vigilance:

  • if the child was given up voluntarily;
  • if the birth parent had their own health or developmental issues which meant they didn’t have the capacity to successfully parent the child full-time but were not a direct danger;
  • if the birth family still have official, arranged contact with the child;

That said, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.