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Please find attached the response in relation to your recent Freedom of information request received on 28th January 2014.
----- Original Message -----
Dear Gareth Griffiths,
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?"
----- Original Message -----
Dear David Mortimer
Thank you for your request for information received on 30th December.
You requested the following information -
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.
I can confirm that the Council holds information falling within the description specified in your request, but we are refusing to supply this information under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
We estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 for local government, which is specified in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limits and Fees) Regulations 2004. Therefore we are refusing to supply this information under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
In order to determine whether your request exceeds this limit, we must multiply an estimate of the time we expected to take to in comply with your request by £25 per hour. If the cost of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit of £450 (more than 18 hrs), we can refuse your request. In making this calculation we are able to include the time taken to determine whether we hold the information and time taken to locate, retrieve and extract the information. The hourly rate of £25 per hour is set by the Fees Regulations and is not dependent on the seniority of the officer who carries out the work.
If you are able to re-focus your request, so that the cost of complying with it falls below the appropriate limit of £450, we may be able to supply the information to you. If you would like our assistance in re-focusing the request please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you have any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied with the handling of your request please contact me.
Corporate Information Governance Assistant
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