UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: Andrea.James@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2014 5:11 PM
Subject: Freedom of information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Please find below a response to your Freedom of Information request on behalf of Blaenau Gwent:

(a) Question

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;

(a) Response

As stated in a previous response Blaenau Gwent as a local authority is fully compliant with procedures set out in the All Wales Child Protection Procedures (AWCPP). Further the Authority collates information regarding the numbers of children on its child protection register and the category of registration e.g. neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or physical abuse. The Authority reports this information to local councillors and this information is also in the public domain. The Head of Children’s Services is Mrs Tanya Evans.

(b) Question

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

(b) Response

When a child is subject to a child protection plan there are set statutory requirements the local authority are measured by regarding its safeguarding functions. This information is reported to Welsh Government as required. The information is also available to the public through the publication of the Authority’s Annual Report.

(c) Question

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

(c) Response

Blaenau Gwent Children’s Services works within a Pan Gwent agreement under the South East Wales Safeguarding Children’s Board (SEWSCB). The SEWSCB has a number of sub groups that support its statutory functions e.g. the Policies and Procedures sub group. The remit of this group is to ensure current policies are reviewed and updated accordingly and that new local, regional and national policies are consulted on and disseminated as appropriate. The Chair of the SEWSCB is Mr. Simon Burch. In additional there is an All Wales Policy and Procedures (AWCPP) group that review and update the All Wales Child Protection Procedures.

(d) Question

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

(d) Response

The SEWSCB is subject to inspection by CSSIW

(e) Question

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?"

(e) Response

The Authority is subject to an annual audit held under Section 28 of the Children’s Act 1989. This is a statutory function and this audit would identify areas of good practice and areas where improvements need to be made which includes compliance with policy and procedures.

Response to other Information requested: -

The Authority retains information on perpetrators of abuse in accordance with safeguarding polices. For example, if a child’s name is subject to a child protection plan or a child in need plan then relationships are created inside and outside of the household this would include alleged perpetrators. In addition the Children’s Services Safeguarding Manager also represents the department at safeguarding forums such as MAPP meetings and MARAC meetings. The information discussed at these meeting is also stored on the department secure data base and used for safeguarding children purposes.

With regard to Working Together 2013, The L/A works within guidance set out in Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under The Children Act 2004 in discharging its safeguarding functions, along with legislation as set out in The Children Act 1989, 2004, 2006 & 2008.

Regards

Andrea James

----- Original Message -----
From: ros.morgan@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 2:34 PM
Subject: FOI - CP

Dear Mr Mortimer

The Authority does not keep a list of people who have abused children. The Authority holds information pertinent to its cases whichever arena they are in i.e. Child in Need and so on, and do not collect it outside the normal investigations that would be made in accordance with out statutory duties.

Regards

Ros

----- Original Message -----
From: ros.morgan@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:04 PM
Subject: RE: FOI - CP

Dear Mr Mortimer

Information is held on Schedule 1 offenders in accordance to statutory requirements.

Regards

Ros Morgan

----- Original Message -----
From: ros.morgan@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 1:35 PM
Subject: FOI - CP

Dear Mr Mortimer

Please find response to your request.

Blaenau Gwent CBC, as a Local Authority, is subject to All Wales Child Protection Procedures and the function operates as part of a multi-disciplinary process involving organisations such as the Local Safeguarding Children's Board. Blaenau Gwent works within a Pan-Gwent agreement under the South East Wales Safeguarding Children Board which operates across the whole South East Wales region.

Accountability within the local authority is through a management structure e.g. Departmental Managers, Senior Management Team, Corporate Management Team and scrutiny is conducted by Elected Members and/or Scrutiny Committees.

The Head of Children's Services, Social Services, is Tanya Evans.

Regards

Ros Morgan

----- Original Message -----
From: ros.morgan@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: alwyn.holland@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:10 PM
Subject: FW: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Mortimer

With regard to your request below, please find details of gender and
category of abuse, where you will see there were 73 cases within the
last full year: -

13 x Female - Emotional Abuse
7 x Male - Emotional Abuse
13 x Female - Neglect
17 x Male - Neglect
1 x Female - Neglect and Sexual Abuse
5 x Male - Neglect and Sexual Abuse
5 x Female - Physical Abuse
7 x Male - Physical Abuse
3 x Sexual Abuse
2 x Sexual Abuse

However, in respect of familial relationship this information is not
readily available and would require looking in detail at individual
files to gather the information and unfortunately, it is estimated that
to carry out this task would breach the Fees Regulations.

I trust this meets your request to your satisfaction.

Regards

Ros Morgan

http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/

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

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