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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 3:16 PM
Subject: offenders in substantiated child abuse cases argyllbuteir:2708

Dear Mr Mortimer

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

I have attached the following information in fulfilment of your request:

Q(a) Gender

Emotional abuse
Physical injury
Sexual abuse
5   8 36
6 1 1 3 9 20
NA 2     1 6 9
10 22 6 4 23 65

Q(b) Familial relationship

Suspected Abuse Category
Natural father
Natural mother
Other person known to child/family
Parent's co-habitee
Step father
Emotional abuse
6 2   2   10
1 21       22
Physical injury
1 5       6
Sexual abuse
1   1   2 4
9 8 3 3   23
18 36 4 5 2 65

Please note the following:

Substantiated child abuse cases are taken as meaning child protection concerns which have gone to an Initial Child Protection Conference. We do not hold ‘offenders’ data requested by this FOI prior to the Initial Case Conference stage

Full year period for these figures is from 28/12/12 to 28/12/13

For Q(a) gender NA covers ‘offenders’ where gender cannot be assumed from the abuser type recorded

For Q(b) abuse category other-covers all abuse categories except those specified by this FOI request.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for information has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review by writing to the Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to

Your request for review must state your name and address for correspondence, specify the request for information to which your request for review relates and why you are dissatisfied with the response.

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days after the expiry of the 20 working day period for response to your initial request by the Council, or not later than 40 working days after the receipt by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or any notification of refusal or partial refusal.

If you make an application for review and remain dissatisfied with the way in which the review has been dealt with you are entitled to make an application to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS (Tel: 01334 464610) for a further review.

You must make representation to the Scottish Information Commissioner no later than 6 months after the date of receipt by you of the notice or decision you are dissatisfied with or within 6 months of the expiry of the period of 20 working days from receipt by the Council of your request for review.

Moira McFarlane

Service Development Team

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

A change would be in the best interests of children.