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----- Original Message -----
From: foi@bridgend.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 3:55 PM
Subject: RE: FOI X01-2723

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Further to your e-mail of 22 April 2014 I am advised as follows by the Children’s Directorate:

The local authority works in accordance with various legislation, regulation and guidance in relation to the capture and retention of information about individuals.

Information is available to Government Departments as and when they request it in order to facilitate the formulation of any relevant policies.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Branford

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@bridgend.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: FOI X01-2723

Dear Freedom of Information Office,

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: foi@bridgend.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:47 AM
Subject: FOI X01-2723

Dear Mr Mortimer

We refer to your email dated 17 March 2014 which contained a request for information as set out in italics below. Following consideration of your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I respond to each point as follows:

Please will you kindly tell me what information on child abuse perpetrators Bridgend County Borough Council is required to collect & hold by:

(A) The Welsh Government

The Welsh Government do not require the Authority to submit any returns specifically in relation to perpetrators and therefore do not expect us to record information in a specific way. The expectation is that the Authority will work within relevant legislation, procedures and guidelines.

(B) the Local Safeguarding Board

All Public and Voluntary organisations across the Western Bay region are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, and all staff have the duty to ensure that children and young people are protected from harm. Alongside other work such as quality audits, training work is undertaken reviewing existing policies and developing new policies which can sometimes include a requirement to record specific information or information in a particular way. If this was the case this would be incorporated into our current working exemplars.

(C) the All Wales Child Protection Procedures &

Please see attached procedures which outlines the purpose of written records and what records should include.

(D) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Child Protection policies are designed to protect children based on a number of sources of information including multi agency meetings such as MAPPA, MARAC, Professional Strategy Meetings and PPD1’s coming in. Minutes from Strategy meetings and Child Protection Conferences will record specific information about perpetrators and potential perpetrators. Many of the children on the Child Protection Register are considered at risk of harm rather than necessarily having actually suffered harm as set out in the AWCPP. Child Protection Procedures look at number of factors including the perpetrator but they are not the only consideration to be assessed when protecting a child. In some cases the child may not disclose the perpetrator for example.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Office

Bridgend County Borough Council

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@bridgend.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 11:57 AM
Subject: FOI X01-2541

Dear Mr Mortimer,

We refer to your email dated 26 January 2014 which contained a request for information as set out in italics below. Following consideration of your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I respond to each point as follows:

(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 Welsh Government advises on the Performance Indicators which the Authority has to report on and this is implemented by individual authorities in line with the Local Safeguarding Board and the All Wales Child Protection Procedures.

(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;

A member of the public would hold the Authority to account via a complaint to the Safeguarding Board or to the Authority through its complaints procedure.

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

Responsibility is with the Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board and the Authority – please find attached a copy of the terms of reference for this body, and further information is also set out below:

From the 1st April 2013 Neath Port Talbot , Swansea and Bridgend Safeguarding Children Boards became the Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board (WBSCB). The regionalisation was in response to the proposed Social Services (Wales) Bill.

SCBs are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each area will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do.

Audit and Evaluation Management Group

The Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board Audit Management Group have a key role in reviewing the efficacy of the measures taken by each person or body represented on the Board to coordinate what they do for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within the area of the Board and to make recommendations it sees fit to those persons or bodies in light of such a review.

The Chair of this group is Laura Kinsey Principal Officer Safeguarding and Quality Assurance NPT CBC

Policy Procedure and Practice Management Group

The Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board Policy, Procedure and Practice Management group has a key role in achieving the Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board’s (WBSCB) overall objectives and functions which are:

‘Ensuring that effective policies and working practices are in place to protect children and that they are properly coordinated remains a key role for Safeguarding Boards. Only when these are in place should Boards look to their wider remit of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children.’

Nicola Williams ABMU Health Board Assistant Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety is the Chair for this Management Group.

(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;

Via the Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board Audit Management Group.

(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?"

The Authority collects information through its case management system on children who are at risk of child abuse. The Authority does not maintain a register of children who have been abused. Providing information on the numbers of children who have actually suffered abuse would involve investigating every set of minutes and case notes relating to its looked after children.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Office

Bridgend County Borough Council

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@bridgend.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:17 PM
Subject: FOI X01-2424

Dear Mr Mortimer,

We refer to your email dated 28 December 2013 which contained a request for information as set out in italics below. Following consideration of your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I respond to each point as follows:

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 Authority does not hold information in respect of the numbers of offenders who have been convicted of child abuse.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Office

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

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