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Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 12:07 PM
Subject: FOI request - Child Abuse Cases

Dear Mr. Mortimer,

Thank you for your email dated 28 December 2013 and your request for information therein.

Your request for information relating to child abuse cases in Down District Council area has been treated as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I confirm your request has now been processed as a request under the terms of the Act and, accordingly, please see the responses in red below.

Down District Council is a local authority in Northern Ireland and as such is not responsible for the provision of children's social services. In Northern Ireland, Health Trusts within the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety are responsible for the provision of social services. Down District Council lies within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and you might wish to direct your enquiries to SEHSCT. The SEHSCT's contact address is Freedom of Information, Ulster Hospital, Upper Newtownards Road, Dundonald, Belfast, BT16 1RH or via email:

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.

No information relevant to this request is held by Down District Council.

If you wish to discuss the above or require clarification on any matter, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Should you be unhappy with our response in this matter you may request an Internal Review of our response and you can contact me in that regard. In the event you are unhappy with the outcome of any Internal Review conducted by the Council you may apply to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a review of our response. Please note that the ICO generally expects Internal Reviews to be completed prior to reviewing the decisions of public bodies. For further information in relation to Freedom of Information I would direct you to the website of the Information Commissioner at:


Patrick Green
Legal Advisor

Down District Council
Downshire Civic Centre
Downshire Estate
Ardglass Road
BT30 6RA
Tel: 028 4461 0800 (Ext. 2101)

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

A change would be in the best interests of children.