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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: complaints@broadland.gov.uk
Cc: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:54 AM
Subject: Complaint: Malcolm Black

Dear Sirs,

Complaint : Malcolm Black

Matthew Cross, Deputy Chief Executive of Broadlands DC, has responsibility for Community Safety Children and Young People/Health.

Child safety and health are connected by s.1(1) of the Children and Young Peoples Act 1933, prevention of cruelty to children, for unnecessary exposure of a child to an injury to health.

In effectively meeting his responsibilities Matthew Cross should rely on evidence of child neglect and abuse in accordance with Working Together to Safeguard Children : safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (HMG 2013) when, in turn, meeting the authority's duty to discharge its functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Matthew Cross is either failing to pay any regard to the authority's statutory child protection duties or Malcolm Black is deliberately and dishonestly withholding the information on which Matthew Cross meets the authority's duty.

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 1:57 PM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Mortimer – having reconsulted with the officer who deals with this matter I can only re-confirm that what information on this matter which the Council becomes aware of is passed to the County Council. You will need to take up with the County Council why they are unable to provide you with this information.

My role in this matter is to ensure your Freedom of Information request was dealt with correctly. I feel that your follow-up queries fall outside Freedom of Information (ie FoI relates to what information the Council holds) and are now addressing the Council’s policies regarding this information. As a result I am unable to help further and there are 2 courses of action open to you:

1) If you feel that your request has not been dealt with correctly under the Freedom of Information requirements you have the right to request a review. Such a review would be undertaken by the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive.

2) If you feel that the Council is not acting correctly with regard to its child protection policies and procedures then you may submit a complaint/comment to that effect and this would be investigated by the head of service who is responsible for this matter.

Should you wish to instigate either courses of action then please advise me and I will explain how this may be done.

Malcolm Black

Admin Manager, Democratic Services, Broadland DC

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act. [ME-131228-703397]

Dear Malcolm Black,

Please will you kindly tell me if (A) you are aware that Norfolk County Council does not collect any information on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:23 PM
Subject: FW: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Roxburgh – further to my email at the end of last week I have now spoken to the officers at the council who deal with child protection. They confirm that the information I have given you in recent weeks is correct. Broadland’s services are such that, for only a very few, do child protection issues arise – you will appreciate that for staff working in council tax, planning and environmental services which make up the “lion’s share” of council services this thankfully is a very rare occurrence.

For those few services where child protection is relevant then any concerns or allegations raised – either by a third party, by service users or by staff – would be reported to the County Council who would conduct any investigations required. Broadland would have no further involvement other than to pass on the required information. The policies we do have are written in terms that ensure staff are aware of the reporting requirement to Norfolk County Council – they are not designed for the purpose of mounting any investigations by this Council. The Council only records information relating to incidents of which we are aware of - whereas Norfolk County Council collate information on all child protection incidents in the County.

So I trust the above explains why I have referred you to the County Council in each of my responses. The information you require (as detailed in your original request of 28 December 2013) is information that the County Council may well have already provided you with in any case as I assume you may well have contacted them at the time of your original request.

Malcolm Black

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 4:08 PM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Malcolm Black,

Are you saying there is no-one employed by Broadland council who has a legal duty to protect children?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 4:30 PM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Roxburgh - as explained in my previous e-mail, Broadland has no involvement in child protection and these questions should be addressed to Norfolk County Council.

Malcolm Black

Admin Manager, Democratic Services, Broadland DC

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 3:54 PM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Hi Malcolm,

Please will you kindly tell me who decides on what information is collected & held by your council & if you know which person or persons are legally responsible for writing your child protection policies & if you think it's possible for them to write policies which would best effectively protect children from abuse if they do not collect any information on child abuse perpetrators?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@Broadland.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:59 PM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Roxburgh – I am writing in response to your request for information as set out in the letter attached to your email below. However I have to advise that this is not a service that the Council has any involvement in.

The reason for this is that In Norfolk, a three tier system of local government operates with each tier having differing responsibilities. The vast majority of local services are provided by the County Council – including education, social services, libraries and highways. In particular, childrens’ services are the responsibility of Norfolk County Council and this would cover the issues you have referred to. As a result Broadland, as a district council, has no social services responsibilities and so we would have no involvement in this matter. To obtain this information you will need to contact the County Council – and this may be done via http://www.norfolk.gov.uk, if you have not already done so.

I’m sorry I cannot assist on this occasion but I trust this response will nevertheless be helpful. If, for whatever reason, you wish to get back to me please feel free to do so. In particular if you are unhappy with how your request was handled please make contact and I will explain how you can make a complaint either to the Council or to the Information Commissioner.

Malcolm Black

Admin Manager, Democratic Services, Broadland DC

Ext 2532 or (01603) 430532

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

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