Free information index
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Dear Mr D Mortimer
I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested enclosed. You requested;
Please will you kindly tell me
(A) what information the current legislation & regulations require Bedford Borough Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators &
Answer: The Criminal Justice Act (2003) provides for the establishment of Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in each of the 42 criminal justice areas in England and Wales. The act requires local criminal justice agencies and other bodies dealing with offenders to work together in partnership. Bedfordshire MAPPA consists of two panels with multi-agency involvement to identify and share information to inform risk assessments and risk management plans. Annual reports from MAPPA are then presented to the Bedford Borough Local Safeguarding Children’s Board which would oversee compliance with legislation (including the Children Act) and review child protection policies.
(B) who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?
Answer: Please see answer to A.
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children’s Services)
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Dear David Mortimer
Further to your request for information dated , I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the "appropriate limit."
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour. The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, "for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (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 Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.
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.
We do hold this information centrally on our system. To obtain this information we would need to manually check each individual’s Childs file.
If for whatever reason you are unhappy with our response to your application you are entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through the Council's Internal Review Procedure. Pursuant to Section 17 (7) of the Act the procedure provided by the Council for dealing with complaints
about the determination of this request for information is the Council’s FOI Complaints Procedure, a copy of which can be obtained on request or is set out at: