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----- Original Message -----
From: social.work@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: [ACE/573627] Child Protection

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Coordinator

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Please will you kindly confirm if you are aware there is no legislation or regulations which specifically requires local authorities to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or for them to use that information to formulate their child protection policies.

The legislation which requires local authorities to collect and hold information for child protection purposes are: Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2005

Sexual Offences Act 2003- Sex Offender Notification Requirements

The Service will gather and hold information relevant to the assessment and management of risk presented by that offender. The nature and breadth of information gathered and held will be dictated by the circumstances of the case and the offender.

Nor is this information available for Government to use that information to formulate their child protection policies.

Information collected concerning Child Protection for statutory purposes is available from the Scottish Government here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/Young-People/protecting/child-protection

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: social.work@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:36 PM
Subject: Re: ACE/566991 Child Protection

Dear FOI Co-ordinator,

Please will you kindly confirm if you are aware there is no legislation or regulations which specifically requires local authorities to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or for them to use that information to formulate their child protection policies. Nor is this information available for Government to use that information to formulate their child protection policies.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: social.work@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: ACE/566991 Child Protection

Dear Mr Mortimer,

We refer to your request dated 27th March 2014, for information regarding child protection.

We confirm that the Council holds the following information, which we believe satisfies your request.

(A) What information the legislation & regulations require Aberdeenshire Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators?

The provisions of the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2005, Sections 10 & 11 place a statutory duty on the Responsible Authorities in a local authority area to jointly establish arrangements for assessing and managing risk. The responsible authorities are the police, local authorities, health boards or Special Health Boards and the Scottish Prison Service. These arrangements are generally referred to as the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, or MAPPA.

The Scottish Prison Service, local authorities and the police are required to jointly establish arrangements for the assessment and management of risks posed by sex offenders subject to the Sex Offender Notification Requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Through the above provisions, where a perpetrator of child abuse (of a sexual nature) has been detected, convicted, is made subject of the Sex Offender Notification Requirements, and is made subject of Aberdeenshire Council Criminal Justice Social Work supervision i.e. is on Licence or subject of a Community Payback Order, then that Service will gather and hold information relevant to the assessment and management of risk presented by that offender. The nature and breadth of information gathered and held will be dictated by the circumstances of the case and the offender.

(B) Who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

All our child protection policies are designed to ensure that all children in Aberdeenshire have the right to be safe, protected from abuse, neglect and harm. We follow the Scottish Government’s National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland.

Yours faithfully

Yours sincerely,

FOI Co-ordinator

----- Original Message -----
From: social.work@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:28 PM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We refer to your request dated 28th December 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 regarding details of Looked After Children.

We confirm that the Council holds the following information, which we believe satisfies your request, and which is enclosed.

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.

As at 31.03.13 Aberdeenshire had 54 children on the CPR - 30 male, 24 female

Physical Abuse = 9

Emotional Abuse = 29

Sexual Abuse = Nil

Neglect = 17

We do not hold the relationship of the offenders.

Please contact a social work information officer if you have any further queries.

Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

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

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