UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 3:15 PM
Subject: Child abuse EDIR:2252

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information which has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Your request for information has been considered and the information is enclosed.

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.


Number of children who were placed on the Child Protection Register at any point during the period 31 July 2012 to 1 August 2013

Categories of concern

Perpetrator Emotional abuse Neglect Physical abuse Physical injury Physical neglect Sexual abuse
Natural father 26 7 22 6 0 4
Natural mother 13 26 2 0 2 4
Natural Parent & Partner or Step Parent 31 30 9 3 2 1
Natural parents 48 73 19 6 3 9
Not known 15 18 2 2 1 3
Other person known to child/family 6 0 4 0 0 7
Other relative (excluding sibling) 1 0 1 0 0 0
Parent's co-habitee 2 4 1 0 0 4
Step father 3 1 2 1 0 1

No further detail around the gender of the perpetrator(s) is known - the categories shown are what we record

Multiple categories of concern can apply to each registration

The categories of concern shown here are those which most closely match the original request.

The table above relates to the number of children below.

Perpetrator No. of children
Natural father 41
Natural mother 33
Natural Parent & Partner or Step Parent 48
Natural parents 106
Not known 31
Other person known to child/family 10
Other relative (excluding sibling) *
Parent's co-habitee 5
Step father *

*less than 5

We cannot provide the exact number of children where the figure is less than 5 as this information combined with the other detail being provided could allow for the identification of individual children. This would be a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in terms of fair processing as it would not be fair or expected for such information to be released into the public domain. This information is therefore exempt in terms of Section 38(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Please note that this letter constitutes a formal refusal notice under section 16 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details.

Yours sincerely,

Aimi Richmond

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

What is and who is behind the Family Law Reform Group?

The Family Law Reform Group, as the name suggests, is a group specifically set up to campaign for UK family law reform. It is the brainchild of David Mortimer. David, a father who has been through the family court process and suffered many of the pitfalls and injustices of an outmoded legal system, has long campaigned for changes in family law to achieve justice for all, and in the hope and expectation that his sons’ sons and other fathers’ sons will never have to endure what he or they have done. That is the ethos of this Group – to build a better future for our children.

I became acquainted with David a number of years ago through a mutual contact while researching for the first edition of my legal handbook Fathers Matter. During this time I have observed his determination, perseverance and tenacity in bringing difficult and highly controversial family issues to the foreground, even though on numerous occasions it has brought him into conflict with those in a position of authority. Although David instigated the formation of the Group, he makes it very clear that he is just one part of it and the Group depends on the input of all its members to bring about radical reform which is its ultimate goal . The Group also provides support and information to anyone who needs it.

Celia Conrad, former specialist family lawyer and author of Fathers Matter.