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Dear Angela Harding,
(1) Please will you kindly tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Derby Council?
(2) Please will you also tell me if Andrew Bunyan has made a formal complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Derby Council in the last 12 months or not?
Best regards Dave
Your request for information has now been considered and the information requested is below:
(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;
Derby City Council holds information on child abuse and neglect as required for Government statistical returns.
Information is also required by Ofsted in relation to inspections and by the Local Safeguarding Children Board in fulfilling its oversight & scrutiny function.
(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;
This is achieved through elected members in Derby Council, who are accountable and have a specific scrutiny function, and also ultimately through members of Parliament. The Council has a consultation process in relation to all Council activity. The LSCB has very recently appointed Lay members of the Board and the LSCB annual report is published on their website.
(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;
Responsibility rests with the Director of Children's Services – currently Andrew Bunyan.
(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;
Both Council policies and procedures and LSCB procedures are publicly available documents. Please see answer to (b) above
(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?"
Production of the procedures is not an activity undertaken by an individual; members of staff with operational and quality assurance responsibilities all contribute and these staff all have direct knowledge of child abuse and local communities. The information referred to in (a) is regularly analysed and communicated to staff across Children & Young People's Dept.
LSCB procedures are produced by groups of staff from a number of agencies involved in safeguarding, and signed off by a panel of representatives from all partner agencies, all of whom have knowledge of the information on child abuse as reported to the LSCB.
Your request for information will not be processed.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.
This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’ as stated in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (appropriate limit and fees) regulations 2004.
This is because the our system is not structured in a way where this information can be obtained in an easily accessible format. We have records of over 300 records that we would have to manually trawl through in order to obtain this information. We estimate it would take around 20 minutes per file taking a minimum total of 100 hours therefore this request will exceed the FOI 18 hour time limit.
You may wish to further refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the cost to within the ‘appropriate limit’. Please contact me if you would like some advice on refining your request.
For your information, this request has cost the Council £ to process.
I apologise that your request will not be met but if you have any further information needs in the future then please contact me.
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Freedom of Information Officer
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