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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@buckscc.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Neil Doling,

I'm not trying to enter into a debate with Buckinghamshire County Council about child protection & I'm not asking for legal advise.

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.

What I would like you to kindly tell me is exactly what information is Buckinghamshire County Council actually required to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators by the current legislation & regulations?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@buckscc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 9:10 AM
Subject: RE: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your further queries.

We are sorry, but we do not fully understand your queries or the terminology that you have used (including ‘child abuse perpetrators’ and ‘substantiated child abuse cases’). Please also note that the FOIA does not require public authorities to enter into a debate on information or provide legal advice, which in part you seem to be seeking - the FOIA provides a right to recorded information.

Notwithstanding the above, to provide advice and assistance we would say the following:

We do keep records about adults who “pose a risk to children” and this refers to those with convictions of any type of child abuse. This is not held on the child’s record – a hazard is added with reference to the “person who poses a risk” list on our system ICS.

Records regarding “allegations against persons in a position of trust” are also recorded in a separate database.

The standard categories which are recorded according to Working Together 2013 (and every previous one since 1989) have not been changed, and only apply to children subject to CP plans. These are Physical Abuse; Sexual Abuse; Emotional Abuse; and Neglect. These can also be more than one category if necessary. This is on the child’s record and is collected as data.

I hope this is of some help.

Regards

Neil Doling

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@buckscc.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Neil Doling,

(1) Please will you kindly tell me if Buckinghamshire County Council is legally required to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators?

(2) Please will you also tell me why your Children's Information Team is unable to report on (a) gender and (b) familial relationship to the child victim of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases?

(3) Please will you also tell me why only data on child neglect and abuse is collected on a case by case basis given the Governments new definition of abuse?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@buckscc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 4:38 PM
Subject: RE: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for contacting Buckinghamshire County Council.

Your request for information has now been considered and our response is as follows:

a) Buckinghamshire County Council, Sue Imbriano - Strategic Director Children and Young People’s Services, Stephen Bagnall – Service Director for Children and Families.

Data on child neglect and abuse is collected on a case by case basis. There is also a statutory requirement to provide statistics, extracted from the ICS system, to the Department for Education.

b) Both announced and unannounced Ofsted inspections.

c) Buckinghamshire County Council, Sue Imbriano - Strategic Director Children and Young People’s Services, Stephen Bagnall – Service Director for Children and Families in conjunction with the Buckinghamshire Children's Safeguarding Board.

d) Both announced and unannounced Ofsted inspections.

e) Buckinghamshire Children's Safeguarding Board, which is a multi-agency group.

If you have any further queries or concerns then please contact me.

Regards

Neil Doling

Freedom of Information Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@buckscc.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 12:44 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Neil Doling,

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: foi@buckscc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:05 AM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for contacting Buckinghamshire County Council.

Your request for information has now been considered and our response is as follows:

Our Children's Information Team is unable to report on (a) gender and (b) familial relationship to the child victim of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases; however, we have provided figures for those children and young people who were subject of a Child Protection Plan for the last full year - 1st April 2012 - 31st March 2013, broken down by category of abuse. This information has been taken from the CIN Census 2012/13 published data:

Number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan at 31 March 2013, by initial and latest category of abuse
  Number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan at 31 March 20133
Initial category of abuse
  Neglect Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Emotional Abuse Multiple
825 Buckinghamshire 190 93 X X 58 30
x Any number between 1 and 5 inclusive has been suppressed and replaced by x. There may be some secondary suppression to preserve confidentiality.

Latest category of abuse
Neglect Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Emotional Abuse Multiple
98 X X 64 21

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/characteristics-of-children-in-need-in-england-2012-to-2013
The above link is to the full CIN Census.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/253711/SFR45-2013_Tables.xlsx
The above link is to the Local Authority Tables (select Table D4).

If you have any further queries or concerns then please contact me.

If you have a complaint about the handling of your request then please use the Council's complaints procedure (at Stage 3) in the first instance. This is available at:

http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/sites/bcc/about_your_council/Feedback_and_Complaints.page

Or by writing to:
FOI Monitoring Officer
Head of Legal and Democratic Services
Buckinghamshire County Council
County Hall
Aylesbury
Bucks
HP20 1UA
Or via email: foi@buckscc.gov.uk

You can also then complain to the Information Commissioner at:
casework@ico.gsi.gov.uk
http://www.ico.gov.uk/

Regards

Neil Doling

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

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