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Dear Abigail Fowkes,
It will never be possible
for local authorities to protect children from abuse until their child
protection polices are evidence based but 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.
Dear Mr Mortimer
Further to your request received on 30 December 2013 please see Central Bedfordshire Council’s response to your questions below:
“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.”
Thank you for clarifying your request it was helpful to us.
I can now confirm Central Bedfordshire Council does not hold the information you are requesting regarding the offender.
Please contact Bedfordshire Police to gather this information whose contact details can be found at the following link:
Please treat this as a formal response under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (please see below for our review procedures if required).
Dear Mr Mortimers
It is not a decision to collect and hold information by an individual made on behalf of the council that makes us data holders or not.
We collect information as part of our business and then we will release it under Freedom of Information, where appropriate unless an exemption is required.
In your case the Council focuses on the child rather than the offender and therefore only holds detailed information on the child.
The police focus on the offender and therefore will have detailed information regarding them.
I have sent your clarification back to the service and will update you with what information we hold regarding your request.
I hope this response is useful to you.
Dear Mr Mortimers
I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. This is because we are not certain that we have understood your request correctly. Therefore I should be grateful if you would clarify the following:
If by offender you are referring to someone with a conviction then the information requested should go to the police. Central Bedfordshire Council does not hold this.
If you require information about who has been responsible for abuse/neglect against children deemed by us to be at risk of harm ie on CP plans then we cannot provide this as this is not recorded. However we can provide numbers of children on Child Protection Plans and category of the plan.
Please can you confirm that specific information you would like regarding this issue?
Upon clarification, we will process your request and send a response within 20 working days. However, we will close the request if we do not receive the clarification from you within 60 calendar days from the date of this letter.