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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: pranav.patel@bradford.gov.uk
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:52 PM
Subject: Re:

Dear Pranav Patel,

It will never be possible for local authorities to protect children from abuse until their child protection polices are evidence based but 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: pranav.patel@bradford.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 6:11 PM

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act in regards to information relating to the person who collates plus discharges duties

(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;

The government defines what the information that needs to be collected. This is then defined via local policy and procedures

Social Care Procedures Manual Link - http://bradfordchildcare.proceduresonline.com/index.htm

(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;

DCS

Director of children services

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

Safeguarding board

Paul Hill

(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;

Director of children services

(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 perpetration?"

We do not understand the question – if you require an answer please reframe the question if you still require a response to this.

Yours sincerely,

Pranav Patel

----- Original Message -----
From: pranav.patel@bradford.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:31 PM
Subject: FOI-ENQ-000262-Mortimer

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act in regards to information relating to child abuse data and relationship with the offender.

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.

The information you seek is not easily retrievable and hence would require a manual trawl of all the relevant files (over 3000 files) within the Children's Specialist Services within the council. This would go way beyond the scope of the resources specified under the Freedom of Information Act as this task would easily take more then the 18 hours stipulated under it. Therefore we are unable to provide the data request under 12 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act.

Under the Freedom of Information Act Fees Regulations any request to local government which would cost more than £450 to answer, which amounts to 18 hours work calculated at a standard £25 per hour may be refused. This limit ensures that the Council’s resources are not unreasonably diverted from front line service delivery to the residents of the district.

We are now in a position to estimate approximately the amount of time needed to fully comply with the request. In order to locate retrieve and extract the information we estimate that this would be:

We have over 3000+ files  
Minimum time required 15 (but could take 30 plus minutes per file) minutes per file (15 x 3000) = 45,000 minutes
45,000 minutes
15,000/60 = Hours
750 hours
Total Time
30+ working days

Yours sincerely,

Pranav Patel

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

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