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Dear Jane Whittam,
Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation and regulations require Bury Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?
Best regards Dave
Dear Mr Mortimer
Further to your recent request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, I am able to supply the following information on behalf of Bury Council:
(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 information collected in respect of child neglect and abuse is determined by legislation and regulation. Bury complies with the relevant legislation, regulation and statutory guidance.
The Director Children’s Services (Mark Carriline) is responsible for ensuring that Bury is compliant with the legislation, regulation and statutory guidance.
(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;
The Director of Children’s Services is held to account through by the elected members of Bury Council and externally by Ofsted.
(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;
The Bury Children’s Safeguarding Board is responsible for ensuring the child protection policies of all agencies including the Council. The child protection policies are determined by legislation, regulation and statutory guidance.
The Director of Children’s Services is responsible for ensuring the integrity of 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;
See answer to b).
(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?"
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Dear Mr. Mortimer,
Further to your request under the Freedom of Information Act and the recent clarification with regards to the information you require on perpetrators who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of child abuse offence/s. I would like to confirm that Bury Council do not keep records of such information. May I advise that this information would be best sought from the Police. I would therefore recommend that you are best placed to resubmit this request to the appropriate Police department.
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Dear Jane Whittam,
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.
Dear Mr Mortimer
Further to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act, we are unable to supply the information requested, please see below the following on behalf of Bury Council:
Having considered your request, it is unclear as to whether this request relates to one child victim of multiple offenders. If this is the case, then the Local Authority would not provide any information which would disclose the child’s identity.
Your request asks for information regarding ‘substantiated’ cases within the Bury area for whom Bury Children’s Services have a responsibility towards. Our understanding of ‘substantiated’ cases is “cases of abuse that have been tried within the Court arena and a conviction has been sought against the offender/s”, as any suspected cases of child abuse that have not been proven within the Court are ‘alleged’ cases and not ‘substantiated’ cases. If this interpretation of the request is accurate then the risk to children information provided from such cases to the Local Authority would not be completed to the in depth level regarding victims that is being requested.
Your request asks for information broken down into categories of ‘Physical Abuse’, ‘Emotional Abuse’, ‘Sexual Abuse’ and ‘Neglect’. These categories are used within the Child Protection Case Conference process which is a separate process to that of Court proceedings. Within the conference process, child victim cases would not necessarily be addressed solely for ‘substantiated’ cases but any cases of concern that the Local Authority were aware of for cases where ‘unsubstantiated’ abuse or neglect was identified as a suspected concern. Before any information can be disclosed clarity is required on the points raised.