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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOIWest@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: 1731404 Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Joyce Baxter,

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: FOIWest@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: FOIWest@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:04 PM
Subject: RE: 1731404 Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information of 19th March 2014 which has been logged as 1731404 and has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I confirm that Cheshire West and Chester Council hold information relating to your request and am able to provide you with the following response.

For the purpose of clarity, I have reproduced your request and append the answers beneath each question:

(A) what information the legislation & regulations require Cheshire West and Chester Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators

The Council is required under the Children Act 2004 and Working Together 2013 to carry out investigations to protect children at risk of harm and as part of this may hold information on some perpetrators of abuse (i.e. where they have been part of a child protection S47 enquiry by Children’s Social Care). The Council’s prime focus is on protecting victims. Information about abusers would generally be shared with the police or appropriate agencies who deal with perpetrators. Investigation, prosecution and monitoring of child abusers and those who commit offences against children is primarily a matter for the Police and other criminal justice and related agencies (Youth Offending, Probation, Courts, Disclosure and Barring Service, etc).

The Council is also required through its Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to coordinate investigations that concern allegations of abuse by professionals against children. Substantiated concerns would be reported to the Disclosure and Barring Service and/or the Police as appropriate. The Council may retain information about perpetrators on its systems.

(B) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

The Council has a duty to protect children from harm. Our child protection policies are written and agreed through the Local Safeguarding Children Board and are designed to protect children from harm by providing clear policy and procedural guidance for all agencies and practitioners on what to do when an agency has concerns about a child’s safety or well-being.

I trust this answers your enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Joyce Baxter

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:32 PM
Subject: 1731404 Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information of 28 December 2013 which has been logged as 1731404 and has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I confirm that Cheshire West and Chester Council does not hold information relating to your request.

For the purpose of clarity, I have reproduced your request:

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.

On 9 January 2014 you clarified further as follows:

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.

We do not hold information about adult perpetrators of child abuse convicted through the criminal justice system. Please refer to the Cheshire Police via the following link:

http://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice

I trust this answers your enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Winson

Solutions Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

-----Original Message-----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 28 December 2013 10:40
To: FOI@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Subject: 1731404 Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Cheshire Council

Request for information under the freedom of information act.

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.

David Mortimer

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

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