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----- Original Message -----
From: Suzanne.Butterfield@calderdale.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:24 AM
Subject: RE: FOI 1313 - Freedom of information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

As previously advised, there is no legislation which specifically requires local authorities to collect and hold information on child abuse perpetrators.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Butterfield

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Suzanne.Butterfield@calderdale.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: FOI 1313 - Freedom of information request

Dear Suzanne Butterfield,

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: Suzanne.Butterfield@calderdale.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:23 AM
Subject: FOI 1313 - Freedom of information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Request

Please will you kindly tell me what information the legislation & regulations require Calderdale Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators?

Response

The council is not required to keep a data base of child abuse perpetrators.

We do keep records of children who have been subject to abuse and neglect and these sometimes refer specifically to adults who are not allowed access to specific families and children.

These are not maintained as a separate data base but are recorded against each individual family\child casefile.

I hope this is helpful to you and any feedback from you would be welcomed.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Butterfield

Information Governance Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: Suzanne.Butterfield@calderdale.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:00 AM
Subject: FOI 1168 - freedom of information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Request

Please will you kindly tell me why Calderdale Council does not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators & who Stuart Smith's child protection policies are designed to protect children from if you don't collect & hold this information?

Response

If someone is, or is not convicted of a crime we would not necessarily know – it would be a police matter.

Where parenting is too poor for whatever reason, or other behaviour is of concern, we have a record of the circumstances and ensure such adults do not have unsupervised access to children where this is necessary. Thus we protect children.

I hope this is helpful to you and any feedback from you would be welcomed.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Butterfield

----- Original Message -----
From: Suzanne.Butterfield@calderdale.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 3:34 PM
Subject: FOI 1080 - freedom of information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Request

Please will you kindly tell me if Stuart Smith has questioned the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected or not by Calderdale Council in the last 12 months?

Response

Response from Stuart Smith, Director, Children and Young People’s Services:

Child Abuse perpetrator information is not collected by the council.

I presume data relating to perpetrators is collected and collated by the Police.

I am aware of individual cases where a perpetrator has been caught involving Calderdale children. I do not collect the strategic information about perpetrators

I hope this is helpful to you and any feedback from you would be welcomed.

If for any reason you are unhappy with our response, you are entitled to approach the Head of Democratic and Partnership Services, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN.

If you remain dissatisfied with our decision, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Butterfield

Information Governance Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Suzanne.Butterfield@calderdale.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: FOI 00878 - Freedom of information request

Dear Suzanne Butterfield,

Please will you kindly tell me if Stuart Smith has questioned the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected by Calderdale Council or not in the last 12 months?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Suzanne.Butterfield@calderdale.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:11 PM
Subject: FOI 00878 - Freedom of information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Freedom of Information Act 2000
Request for information

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our response follows in bold italics:

Request

a) The council authority, council officer and the name of that officer, who decides on what information on child neglect and abuse is collected and held by your council:

i) the council authority: Calderdale Council

ii) council officer and the name of that officer: The statutory responsibility for the provision of services to children and young people (which includes early help, support and protection) is the Director of Children’s Services, Stuart Smith

iii) who decides on what information on child neglect and abuse is collected & held by your council:

The Council is required to collate and report on arrange of information as determined by the Secretary of State in respect of child neglect and abuse which is underpinned by statutory requirements including:

Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970
Section 16 of the Children Act 2004

In addition the Local Authority is required to report on performance and activity in relation to abuse and neglect to such statutory bodies as Ofsted. DfE, and Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board 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 role of Director of Children’s Services is a statutory role and as an employee of the Council is accountable to the general public.

b) The council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies:

The Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board has the statutory responsibility to issue multi-agency child protection policies which meet the requirements set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013) and meets their statutory responsibilities as set out in Section 16 of the Children Act 2004, which states that local authorities and each of the statutory partners must, in exercising their functions relating to Local Safeguarding Children Boards, have regard to any guidance given to them by the Secretary of State. In addition the Director of Children’s Services in discharging their social services responsibilities must ensure that Children's Social Care have robust child protection policies in place to discharge their responsibilities under the Children Act 1989 and Children Act 2004.c) 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 role of Director of Children’s Services is a statutory role and as an employee of the Council is accountable to the general public. The independent Chair of the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board is accountable to agencies that comprise the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board, to the Director of Children’s Services and the Chief Executive of the Council. As a statutory role they are accountable to the general public.d) 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 role is statutory and therefore they must adhere to the legislative requirements and guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

Ian Hughes

Head of Democratic and Partnership Services

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Butterfield

Management Information Officer

Information Governance Team

Democratic and Partnership Services

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

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