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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Information.Compliance@Bracknell-Forest.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:23 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Penny O'Callaghan,

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?"

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: Information.Compliance@Bracknell-Forest.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:23 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information response 975

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your email.

I have looked at the response to your original request and we had previously calculated that to provide you with the information that you had originally requested would have exceeded the appropriate limit of 18 hours and unfortunately this is still the case for determining the information on the perpetrators of child abuse. As mentioned previously, the Police may be able to assist you in relation to criminal prosecutions.

I trust this response resolves your query.

Kindest regards,

Penny O'Callaghan

Information Management and Security Officer

Bracknell Forest Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Information.Compliance@Bracknell-Forest.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information response 975

Dear Nicola Thoday,

What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence. What I mean by child is those under the age of 18 years of age. What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: Information.Compliance@Bracknell-Forest.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 12:17 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information response 975

Dear David Mortimer

I am writing regarding your request for information, which was received on 28 December 2013. In that request you asked for the following information.

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.

Response

I am advised that the council do not break down figures in this way and each individual file would need to be read so would take more than 18 hrs to do this. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations and for local government it is £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days in locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Council is not obliged to comply with your request and will not be processing your request further.

'if you are able to refine or refocus your request, we may be able to provide you with some information'

The council is not sure what is meant by substantiated child abuse- if you mean was there a criminal prosecution the police would be more helpful.

Yours sincerely

Sent on behalf of;

Nicola Thoday

Solicitor

Information Compliance Team

Legal Services

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

We now need more people to join this group or to simply start asking our public servants for the proof that they are acting in the public's best interests. If the right people ask their friends to join this group they will & some of the best people won't need to be asked. All it takes to make real progress is a little bit of co-operation. The change will be how we use the Internet.

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/ukfamilylawreform

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