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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: csffoi@cornwall.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Gemma Mewton,

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: csffoi@cornwall.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:40 PM
Subject: RE: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email.

Please find below the response to your email:

The gender and familial relationships of alleged perpetrators of abuse are recorded in individual child case records. They are not recorded in a way that is retrievable for all children. This is a matter for academic research.

Whilst generalised assumptions about the most likely source of abuse are an important consideration and are drawn from academic research, it can be dangerous to allow these assumptions to fixed thinking in individual cases. Practitioners should remain open minded and professionally sceptical when making enquiries into alleged abuse, drawing on the evidence from research to inform analysis of risk.

Kind regards,

Gemma Mewton

----- Original Message -----
From: csffoi@cornwall.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:54 PM
Subject: RE: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email.

The information you requested is available on the Council’s website and is titled ‘What information on child neglect and abuse is collected and held by your council’ (http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=35710779-a8e1-4040-9869-1a9ce07c3363&version=-1)

Reference Number: IAR-101001137539

Response provided under: Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request and Response:

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

The Director for Children’s Services is the Council officer with overall responsibility for the delivery of child protection services, including the collection of relevant information.

(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 Director for Children’s Services is held to account in a variety of ways: by the public through their elected representatives; by service users through the family courts; by the government through the inspectorate; and by the Council through its governance system.

(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;

The Director for Children’s Services is the Council officer with overall responsibility for the delivery of child protection services, including the policies.

(d) 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 Director for Children’s Services is held to account in a variety of ways: by the public through their elected representatives; by service users through the family courts; by the government through the inspectorate; and by the Council through its governance system.

(e) 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?"

This is a theoretical question. The answers to b) and d) above provide the details of how a Director of Children’s Services is held to account.

The statutory duties of the Director of Children’s Services are set out in the Children Act 2004 and Working Together 2013

If you have any queries about this email please contact me.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Mewton

----- Original Message -----
From: csffoi@cornwall.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:13 AM
Subject: Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 - IAR-101001206246

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your information access request dated 16 February 2014.

The information you requested is available on the Council’s website (http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=0b1a2fd7-3f79-4284-9d4d-81300dcddc54&version=-1 ).

Reference Number: 101001077229

Response provided under: Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request and Response:

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.

We do not record and report gender and familial relationship of offenders.

Please find below a count of the children subject to a Child Protection Plans at any point between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013 broken down by category of registration.

Category of registration Count
Emotional abuse 204
Neglect 618
Physical abuse 127
Sexual abuse 53
Grand Total 1,002

If you have any queries about this email please contact me. Please remember to use the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Mewton
Directorate Support Team
Commissioning, Performance and Improvement
Children, Schools and Families
Cornwall Council
http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/

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

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