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----- Original Message -----
From: FoiEnquiries@aberdeencity.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 4:10 PM
Subject: FOI-14-0479 - Child Abuse

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your information request of 7 April 2014. Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information requested.

Please will you kindly tell me (A) why Aberdeen City Council collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators given that there is no requirement or duty under the national Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 for any local authority to collect and hold information on child abuse perpetrators &

ACC does not collect, collate or hold information on child abuse perpetrators exclusively on the basis of their offending history. ACC may hold information on child abuse perpetrators due to previous or current involvement with statutory or voluntary services provided by ACC in which they will be identified as a ‘schedule 1 offender’. This information will be utilised to safeguard both members of the public and ACC employees.

(B) Are you telling me that Aberdeen City Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not can you tell me what information was used?

As previously advised (in our response to FOI-14-0373), ACC adhere to the Scottish Government’s National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 (which can be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/12/09134441/0), which is also refined to local need in the North East Scotland Guidelines (which can be found here: http://www.nescpc.org.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.asp?lID=414&sID=182).

Aberdeen City Child Protection Committee (details of which can be found here: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/childprotection/), an inter-agency partnership, are responsible for the implementation of child protection policy across the public, private and wider third sector in their geographical area, these along with ACC’s own specific child protection policies are designed to protect children, and a wide range of information is used in order to ensure that these policies are as effective as they can be in ensuring child protection.

We hope this helps with your request.

Yours sincerely,

Grant Webster

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: FoiEnquiries@aberdeencity.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 10:22 AM
Subject: FOI-14-0373 - Child Neglect

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your information request of 8 March 2014. Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information requested.

With regards to FOI-14-0205 – Child Neglect

Please will you kindly tell me why Aberdeen City Council does not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators &

ACC does collect and hold information on child abuse perpetrators. These are classified as schedule one offenders.

who Liz Taylor's child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

ACC adheres to the Scottish Government's National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010, which is also refined to local need in the North East Scotland Guidelines. Aberdeen City Child Protection Committee, an inter-agency partnership, are responsible for the implementation of child protection policy across the public, private and wider third sector in their geographical area. These along with ACC’s own specific child protection policies are designed to protect children, and a wide range of information is used in order to ensure that these policies are as effective as they can be in ensuring child protection.

We hope this helps with your request.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Buchan

----- Original Message -----
From: FoiEnquiries@aberdeencity.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2014 4:10 PM
Subject: FOI-14-0205 - Child Neglect

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your information request of 10 February 2014. Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information requested.

(a) the council authority, council officer and the name of that officer, who decides on what information on child neglect and abuse is collected & held by your council;

The Scottish Government requires collation and reporting on data from the Child Protection Register on an annual basis. The Scottish Government determines the categories of concern; neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse being 4 of them. The Keeper of the Register is the Head of Service, Children's Services, Aberdeen City Council, Susan Devlin and is ultimately responsible for ensuring the collation and return of that data.

(b) the means by which that person is held to account by a member of the public for their performance in discharging that public function;

Social work is regulated by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and as such all social workers performance is accountable to the SSSC.

(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;

Aberdeen City Council adhere to the Scottish Government's National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010, which is also refined to local need in the North East Scotland Guidelines. Aberdeen City Child Protection Committee, an inter-agency partnership, is responsible for the implementation of child protection policy across the public, private and wider third sector in their geographical area. Any policies specific to only the Social Work Service, Aberdeen City Council would ultimately be the responsibility of the Director of Social Care and Wellbeing (Liz Taylor).

(d) the means by which that person is held to account by a member of the public for their performance in discharging that public function;

Social work is regulated by SSSC and as such all social workers performance is accountable to SSSC.

(e) how the function in (c) is properly discharged and held accountable for policies which would best effectively protect children from abuse if the person referred to in (a) does not collect any information on child abuse perpetration?"

Please refer to the responses above.

We hope this helps with your request.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Buchan

Information Compliance Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: FoiEnquiries@aberdeencity.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 2:13 PM
Subject: FOI-13-1417 - Child Abuse Cases

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your clarified information request of 13 January 2014. Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information requested.

Please will you kindly tell me what the (a) gender and (b) familial relationship was to the child victim of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases in the area which you have a duty to protect children from abuse for the last full year which figures are available, broken down by (i) physical abuse, (ii) emotional abuse, (iii) sexual abuse and (iv) cases of neglect.

What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims. What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence. I mean those under the age of 18 years of age. Please can I have the figures for just the Aberdeen City Council local authority area.

ACC is unable to provide you with information on the gender and familial relationship to the child victim of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases in the area which ACC has a duty to protect children from abuse for the last full year which figures are available, broken down by physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and cases of neglect as the cost of providing it has been calculated as being in excess of the statutory maximum (£600).

To explain this, the level of detail requested is not recorded electronically as to be able to easily identify those that have "been through the criminal justice system and found guilty of a child abuse offence”. ACC does not record those offenders classified as Schedule one offenders, however these are offenders who have been convicted of an offence against a person 17 years old or younger, and as such would not cover the information requested.

In order to provide the information requested, an ACC officer would be required to interrogate the case files of all Criminal Justice social work clients who have been convicted of an offence in the last year (1,819 clients) to identify whether the case relates to a child abuse offence against a person 18 years old or younger. The ACC officer would then need to list the gender, the familial relationship and the type of offence. In order to complete this work, it would take on average of 1 hour per file, which equates to a total of 1,819 hours, at the cost of £27,285 in total.

In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 16 of the FOISA, ACC hereby give notice that we are refusing your request under the terms of Section 12 - Excessive Cost of Compliance - of the FOISA.

ACC would be happy to discuss ways in which you may refine your request, so we can provide some information of interest to you within the maximum cost limits. Please do contact the Access to Information Compliance team, who will be happy to advise you, if this is something you would like to pursue.

Under our duty to provide advice and assistance, ACC would like to take this opportunity to advise you that it may be possible to find further information from the Procurator Fiscals office: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/. Information on submitting an information request to the Procurator Fiscals office is available at: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/foi/foi.

We hope this helps with your request.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Buchan

Information Compliance Officer

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

Who do local authorities protect children from? 28th December 2013

http://www.ukfamilylawreform.co.uk/abuse.htm