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----- Original Message -----
From: Families.InformationService@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:37 PM
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for the email that you have sent to Cambridgeshire LSCB.

Cambridgeshire County Council and the LSCB work in partnership and therefore, I must refer you to my previous response as we do not record our information under the name of the offender, but under the name of the child, and we do not hold information regarding convictions:

In respect of information where an individual has been convicted of an offence against a child, Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire LSCB do not hold this information; instead, we believe that it will be held by Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Please see the link below should you wish to redirect this part of your request to them directly.

http://www.cambs.police.uk/about/foi/obtain.asp

Regarding the element of your request which requires the gender and familial relationship of offenders to be identified and broken down into the relevant abuse categories, the way that this information is recorded means that we are unable to run any kind of electronic report. This is because information is recorded under the name of the child rather than by the nature of the offence and / or name of the offender.

Therefore, to extract the information you have requested would involve an officer manually checking 296 individual cases to establish the gender and identity of the offender and the nature of the abuse suffered.

Assuming that a reasonable time to locate each relevant case and extract the requested information is a minimum of 5 minutes per case, longer for more complex cases and cases where there are multiple perpetrators, we estimate that to conduct this search would equal in excess of 24 hours of officer time.

The appropriate limit for local government is £450 (or 18 hours of officer time at £25 per hour) and is specified in The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

I hope this information is helpful but if you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review, you should write to Catherine Preston, Information Governance Manager, Box SH1202, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP within 40 days of the date of this letter.

Regards

Jane Hargrave

----- Original Message -----
From: Families.InformationService@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 10:43 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request ref 3592 - Child abuse cases

Good morning

Contact details for the chair of the LSCB and their Business Manager can be found on their website:

http://www.cambslscb.org.uk/home_safeg_team.html

Regards

Jane Hargrave

----- Original Message -----
From: Families.InformationService@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 11:10 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request ref 3592 - Child abuse cases

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email.

The child protection policies are written by the Heads of Service. This is mainly the Head of Service for Safeguarding and Standards (SASU) and this post is currently held by Sarah-Jane Smedmor, although all Heads of Service have some input.

The policies are also written in line with Cambridgeshire Local Safeguarding Children Board - http://www.cambslscb.org.uk/.

You can view the policies here: http://cambridgeshirecin.proceduresonline.com/index.htm.

I trust that you will find this information useful.

Regards

Jane Hargrave

----- Original Message -----
From: Families.InformationService@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 9:07 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request ref 3592 - Child abuse cases

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email.

In respect of information where an individual has been convicted of an offence against a child, Cambridgeshire County Council does not hold this information; instead, we believe that it will be held by Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Please see the link below should you wish to redirect this part of your request to them directly.

http://www.cambs.police.uk/about/foi/obtain.asp

Regarding the element of your request which requires the gender and familial relationship of offenders to be identified and broken down into the relevant abuse categories, the way that this information is recorded means that we are unable to run any kind of electronic report. This is because information is recorded under the name of the child rather than by the nature of the offence and / or name of the offender.

Therefore, to extract the information you have requested would involve an officer manually checking 296 individual cases to establish the gender and identity of the offender and the nature of the abuse suffered.

Assuming that a reasonable time to locate each relevant case and extract the requested information is a minimum of 5 minutes per case, longer for more complex cases and cases where there are multiple perpetrators, we estimate that to conduct this search would equal in excess of 24 hours of officer time.

The appropriate limit for local government is £450 (or 18 hours of officer time at £25 per hour) and is specified in The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for you.

In respect of your other email, I will respond in due course.

Regards

Jane Hargrave

----- Original Message -----
From: Families.InformationService@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 11:48 AM
Subject: Freedom of Information request ref 3592 - Child abuse cases

Information regarding convicted offenders is not held by Cambridgeshire County Council. We believe that this information is held by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

http://www.cambs.police.uk/about/foi/obtain.asp

We report on cases where a child protection plan was put it place by child therefore to establish the gender and familial relationship of the offender would require manual interrogation of each case. With over 300 cases each year and allowing a minimum of 5-10 minutes per case to allocate and retrieve this information, this would exceed the 'appropriate limit' of 18 hours of work; therefore this part of the request is refused under section 12(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. The appropriate limit is specified in regulations and for local government is set at £450 (18 hours of work at £25 per hour) as specified by The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

In most cases the 'familial relationship' most associated with abuse and neglect of children is the ‘parent or carer' and 'partner of parent or carer'. [Parent/carer could include step parent etc.]

A much smaller proportion of cases involve siblings of the victim or other extended family members. In a much smaller proportion still, the perpetrator might be outside the family and friends network.

Information regarding types of abuse is published annually by the Department for Education. The latest figures are from 2011/12 with 2012/13 due for publication in September 2013. Please see the http://tinyurl.com/mzoun5m. This includes information from all local authorities.

Data from previous years can be viewed here:

2010/11 - http://tinyurl.com/lbpgzun

2009/10 - http://tinyurl.com/n6rd57v

Information Governance Team

Box SH1202, Cambridgeshire County Council

Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP

Tel: 0345 045 5200

foi@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Regards

Jane Hargrave

http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/

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

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