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----- Original Message -----
From: freedomofinformation@darlington.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:43 PM
Subject: RE: Internal review DBC-3011-13 (original request ref DBC-2985-13)

Dear Mr Mortimer

As you now have our response to your internal review, your next course of action is to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you are dissatisfied with the Council’s response to your request. The ICO’s contact details are provided in my email of 4 April 2014.

If you would like to discuss the Council’s approach to child protection and the collection of information in this field, please provide me with your telephone number and I will arrange for a member of our safeguarding team to contact you.

Yours sincerely

Elaine Richardson

http://www.darlington.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: freedomofinformation@darlington.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:12 PM
Subject: Re: Internal review DBC-3011-13 (original request ref DBC-2985-13)

Dear Elaine Richardson,

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: freedomofinformation@darlington.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 4:44 PM
Subject: Internal review DBC-3011-13 (original request ref DBC-2985-13)

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing in relation to your request for an internal review of our response to your freedom of information request, reference DBC-2985-13. I would like to begin by explaining that your internal review has been passed to me for consideration because Mr Downey, who was originally assigned to consider it, has had to take time away from work due to a family bereavement.

The Council originally accepted and responded to your request under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) and responded by informing you that “Child Protection procedures are the responsibility of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, therefore no one person is responsible within Darlington Borough Council”.

Your grounds for internal review are set out in your e-mail of 28 February 2014. Although not explicit, it appears that you believe the Council’s response to be inadequate and I have considered your internal review on this basis.

I have spoken to the Head of Review and Development Safeguarding and the Head of Legal Services who have clarified the position, resulting in the revised response attached. Given the new information provided, it is clear that the original response was indeed inadequate and, for this reason I uphold your internal review and apologise for failing to provide this information in response to your original request.

I would also like to apologise for the delay in providing this response and for any resulting inconvenience.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request and with this response to your request for internal review, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO). The ICO can be contacted on 0303 123 1113. You may also wish to visit the ICO’s website http://ico.org.uk/complaints/getting.

Yours sincerely

Elaine Richardson

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: freedomofinformation@darlington.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Jenni Gamble,

Are you telling me there is no-one employed by Darlington Borough Council who has a legal duty to protect children & nobody at Darlington Borough Council collects any information on child abuse perpetrators?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: freedomofinformation@darlington.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:03 AM
Subject: RE: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Your request for information, received 25 February 2014, has now been considered. Below is an outline of your request with our responses added alongside.

(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;

(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;

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

(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 perpetratration?"

Child Protection procedures are the responsibility of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, therefore no one person is responsible within Darlington Borough Council.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer

Darlington Borough Council

----- Original Message -----
From: freedomofinformation@darlington.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:30 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information - DBC-2428-13 - response

Dear Mr Mortimer

Your request for information, received 30 December 2013, has now been considered. Your request is outlined below with our answers added alongside.

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.

This information is not held in the format requested. We believe that the cost of collating the information in order to respond to your request would exceed the threshold of £450 as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. As a result, we are refusing your request under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A full refusal notice is appended to this letter.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer

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

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