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----- Original Message -----
From: freedomofinformationoffice-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:05 PM
Subject: Information Request 04949

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Please find Devon County Council’s response below:-

1. Please will you kindly tell me if Fiona Fitzpatrick has made a formal complaint about what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Devon County Council in the last 12 months?

Devon County Council (DCC) can confirm that Fiona Fitzpatrick has not made a formal complaint about what types of child abuse information is collected and held by DCC in the last 12 months.

2. Please will you also tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Devon County Council?"

Children’s Social Work and Child Protection Senior Management Team

Head of Children’s Social Work and Child Protection

Fiona Fitzpatrick (interim)

DCC, like all public authorities, has to make some statutory returns to various government departments, which influence the type of information it collects. The other elements are determined by what DCC deems will be useful in managing the business and some internal reporting eg to the Devon Safeguarding Childrens Board for quality assurance purposes.

Yours sincerely

Jenny Goodall

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: freedomofinformationoffice-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:39 PM
Subject: Re: UNCLASSIFIED: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Rebecca Eden,

Please will you kindly tell me if Fiona Fitzpatrick has made a formal complaint about what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Devon County Council in the last 12 months?

Please will you also tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Devon County Council?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: freedomofinformationoffice-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 1:40 PM
Subject: UNCLASSIFIED: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Information Request: 04916

I write further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received on 26 February 2014.

Please find Devon County Council’s response 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;

The Head of Children’s Social Work and Child Protection is advised by ICT Services on issues pertaining to IT systems, Information Governance on matters of policy and practice regarding information confidentiality and retention, and Management Information regarding statutory collections and returns.

Children’s Social Work and Child Protection Senior Management Team

Head of Children’s Social Work and Child Protection

Fiona Fitzpatrick (interim)

(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;

Devon Safeguarding Children’s Board via Independent Chair

People Scrutiny Function

Statutory complaints procedure for children’s social work

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

Children’s Social Work and Child Protection Senior Management Team

Head of Children’s Social Work and Child Protection, primarily discharged through the Principal Social Worker role Fiona Fitzpatrick (interim)

(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;

Devon Safeguarding Children Board via Independent Chair

People Scrutiny Function

Statutory complaints procedure for children’s social work

(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?"

Head of Children’s Social Work and Child Protection is ultimately accountable for both what information is collected and held and what policies are employed so that conflict should not arise If you wish to speak with someone regarding the above request, please contact the Information Governance Team on 01392 384678 or email foioffice@devon.gov.uk

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely

Rebecca Eden
Information Governance Support Officer

Devon County Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: freedomofinformationoffice-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:36 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Jenny Goodall,

Please will you kindly tell me:

(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?"

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: freedomofinformationoffice-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:52 PM
Subject: Information Request 04628

Dear Mr Mortimer,

In reply to your enquiry please find Devon County Council's 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."

Please find Devon County Council’s response below in blue text:-

Unfortunately, Devon County Council (DCC) is unable to provide you with the information requested above under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 public authorities are not obliged to comply with requests which exceed the cost limit of £450 (equating to 18 hours of time).

Whilst the information you have requested does sit within our electronic and paper filing systems, these systems are not set up to easily provide us with the type of information you have requested.

This data is not held centrally, but on individual children’s files. At the end of November 2013 DCC had 648 children who were subject to a Child Protection Plan, and this figure does not constitute a full year. In order to extract the information requested, a qualified social worker would need to locate, retrieve and extract the requested information from each of the individual children’s files. On the basis of 5 minutes per file, DCC estimates that this would take in the region of 58 hours, which is clearly well in excess of the 18 hours we are required to spend responding to FOI requests.

I’m sorry we are unable to be of further assistance on this occasion. This is not the sort of information we would need for our own day to day business purposes.

If you wish to speak with someone regarding the above request, please contact the Information Governance Team on 01392 384678 or email foioffice@devon.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Jenny Goodall

Information Governance Officer

Devon County Council

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

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