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----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.Requests@doncaster.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 4:28 PM
Subject: Follow up request: Mortimer 02.04.14

Dear Mr Mortimer

In responding to your query I would wish to offer the following clarification

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 relates to safeguarding all children and not just those subject to a Child Protection Plan. Appendix C [page 94] refers to the supplementary guidance on particular safeguarding issues some of which relates to adults .An example of this is the Home Office: Circular 16/2005 Guidance on offences against children. The Local Authority has a statutory responsibility to comply with all of this guidance.

Kind Regards

Dawn Wilson

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI.Requests@doncaster.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: Your Freedom of Information request dated 6 March 2014

Dear Dawn Wilson,

I believe the standard categories which are recorded according to Working Together 2013 (and every previous one since 1989) have not been changed, and only apply to children subject to CP plans. What I would like you to kindly tell me is if the working together guidance actually requires Doncaster Council to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or not?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.Requests@doncaster.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 9:04 AM
Subject: Your Freedom of Information request dated 6 March 2014

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 6 March 2014. Please find below Doncaster Council’s responses to the questions you have raised. Please find enclosed/attached the information you have requested.

Question

Please will you kindly tell me what information on child abuse perpetrators the working together guidance requires Doncaster Council to collect & hold?

Response

Working Together requires local authorities to ensure accurate and up to date record keeping on individual case files. The information recorded in relation to any individual would depend on what information was known to social care.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/281368

You will need to contact DfE if you wish to receive information about the requirements of the agreement, please use access the link below and use the ‘contact us’ tab.

http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00213160/working-together-to-safeguard-children

I hope that this information is useful to you.

Yours sincerely,

Dawn Wilson

Communications Officer

Children and Young People’s Service

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI.Requests@doncaster.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: Your Freedom of Information request dated 01.03.14

Dear Dawn Wilson,

Please will you kindly tell me what information on child abuse perpetrators the working together guidance requires Doncaster Council to collect & hold?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.Requests@doncaster.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 2:24 PM
Subject: Your Freedom of Information request dated 01.03.14

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 1 March 2014. Please find below Doncaster Council’s responses to the questions you have raised.

1. Please will you kindly tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Doncaster Council?

This is covered by Working Together Guidance

http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/sections/educationandlearning/teacherands

choolinformation/EducationSafeguarding/National_and_Local_Guidance.aspx

2. Please will you also tell me if the Director of CYPS has made a formal complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Doncaster Council in the last 12 months?

No

I hope that this information is useful to you.

Kind Regards

Dawn Wilson

----- Original Message -----
From: Janice.Rose@doncaster.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 4:04 PM
Subject: Your Freedom of Information request dated 02.02.14

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated ­­­­2 February 2014 for information. Please find below Doncaster Council’s responses to the questions you have raised.

(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?"

Response: It is the responsibility of all social workers and their managers to ensure that they keep up to date and accurate case file records. This is a clear responsibility signed up to through the registration process for social workers controlled by the Health Professionals Council. We undertake audits across the service to check that this is happening and managers within services are required to check that files are up to date. If we receive a complaint then the file will be reviewed and any issues that arise will be addressed. Policies relating to working within children services are the responsibility of senior managers, ultimately the Director of CYPS. However where these relate to multi-agency working, especially the safeguarding of children, policies and practice requirements are agreed by the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

I hope that this information is useful to you.

Yours sincerely,

Dawn Wilson

Communications Officer

Children and Young People’s Service

----- Original Message -----
From: Deborah.Gore@doncaster.gov.uk
To: Dawn.Wilson@doncaster.gov.uk
Cc: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:37 PM
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information Request

Hello Dawn

Please see FOI request below which was sent directly to John Harris, Independent Chair for Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board

Kind regards

Deborah Gore

Safeguarding Support Officer

Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board

http://www.doncastersafeguardingchildren.co.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 16 January 2014 13:52
To: john.harris@doncaster.gov.uk
Subject: Freedom of Information Request

Dear John Harris,

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 Doncaster 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.

What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence. What I mean by child is those under the age of 18 years of age. What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.Requests@doncaster.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:08 PM
Subject: Your Freedom of Information request dated 28.12.13

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 28 December 2013 for information about details of genders and relationships of offenders with child victims of abuse. Please find below Doncaster Council’s responses to the questions you have raised.

Question

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.

Response

Doncaster Council does not hold that level of detail so cannot respond to the points raised.

I hope that this information is useful to you.

Kind Regards

Dawn Wilson

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

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