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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Information_Governance@BATHNES.GOV.UK
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 7:46 PM
Subject: Re: Request 572/14

Dear Andy Marshall,

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: Information_Governance@BATHNES.GOV.UK
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:38 PM
Subject: Request 572/14

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your recent request for information.

Requested Information

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require Bath & North East Somerset Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Response

a) We only hold records of convictions against young people. These are held on the case file of the adult.

b) Our Child Protection procedures are based on the Children’s Act 1989 and 2004.

Yours sincerely

Andy Marshall

Information Compliance Manager

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: Information_Governance@BATHNES.GOV.UK
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:22 AM
Subject: request 422/14

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your recent request for information.

(1) Please will you kindly tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Bath & North East Somerset Council?

(2) Please will you also tell me if (A) Richard Baldwin (B) Steven Mason have made a formal written complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by South Lanarkshire Council or not in the last 12 months?

Response

A) There is no one officer in the Council that takes these decisions. These have to be judgements made by Social Workers in conjunction with supervisors and Team Managers.

B) There is currently no basis for either Richard Baldwin or Stephen Mason to have complained about this process. Our processes are reviewed regularly by Richard/Stephen and the Local Safeguarding Children Board

Yours sincerely

Andy Marshall

----- Original Message -----
From: Information_Governance@BATHNES.GOV.UK
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 12:59 PM
Subject: Request 209/14

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Requested Information

Please will you kindly tell me: (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; (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; (c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies; (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; (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 perpetratration?"

Response

Thanks for this. The answers to these questions are as follows;

a) There is no one person who decides this. Decisions on whether or not concerns are investigated as either a Child Protection investigation, or via Child In Need route are taken by the individual duty social worker who is on duty that week and who is responding to the call. Decisions are overseen and checked by the duty Team Manager.

b) All staff are accountable for decision making by the supervision arrangements within teams, as well via the annual performance appraisal systems. Ultimately id concerns persist the HCPC could decide to investigate and withdraw that individuals licence to practice as a Social Worker.

c) The officers responsible for safeguarding within BaNES are Richard Baldwin and the Head of Safeguarding, Steven Mason.

d) Both Stephen and Richard are also accountable via the same arrangements outlined at (b) above.

e) The regular supervision and annual performance arrangements cover this point, with the additional checks provided by our QA arrangements that include regular file audits, practice observations and training/professional development programmes.

Yours sincerely

Andy Marshall

----- Original Message -----
From: Information_Governance@BATHNES.GOV.UK
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:51 PM
Subject: Request 59/14

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your recent request for information. Please find enclosed the information you are entitled to receive under the (legislation).

Requested Information

Request for information under the freedom of information act.

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.

Response

We have identified that the collation of this level of detail would take longer than 18 hours. As a result, section 12 of the act applies.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that a public authority is not obliged to comply with a request for information if the process of compliance would exceed the appropriate limit – as set by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees Charges) Regulations 2004 this is 18 hours. For requests which will exceed 18 hours to administer, by which is meant:

(a) determining whether it holds the information,

(b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it,

the authority may refuse the request or levy a charge at £25 per hour for staff time.

Although the council aim to be transparent and accountable to the public, we must balance this against the large amount of officer time that would be used in responding to such large requests. Therefore based on the amount of time it would take to fulfil your request, we are refusing it under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If however you are able to refine your request, we may be able to assist.

Yours sincerely

Andy Marshall

Information Compliance Manager

Risk and Assurance Services

Bath & North East Somerset Council

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk

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

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