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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: InfoGovernance.CS@dudley.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: Child Neglect and Abuse DMBCIR:8973

Dear Nina Meredith,

Please will you kindly tell me if Pauline Sharratt has questioned the way child abuse perpetrator information is collected by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council in the last 12 months or not?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: InfoGovernance.CS@dudley.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: dudleyfoi@messagestore.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:16 PM
Subject: Child Neglect and Abuse DMBCIR:8973

Dear Mr Mortimer

Your request for information received on 27/01/2014 has now been considered and the information requested is detailed 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 information that the council collects is in accordance with statutory requirements set out in the Children Act 1989, guidance and regulations, in particular Working Together. It is a policy and procedural requirement.

(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;

The Council is held to account through Council Procedures and the Safeguarding Board.

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

Interim Director of Children’s Services, Pauline Sharratt. The policies and procedures are actually approved by the Safeguarding Board.

(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;

Through Council processes and the Safeguarding Board.

(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?"

Information on child abuse perpetration is collected within individual case files.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me.

Nina Meredith
Information Governance Officer
Directorate of Children's Services

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: InfoGovernance.CS@dudley.gov.uk
Cc: dudleyfoi@messagestore.co.uk
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2014 2:37 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Nina Meredith,

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: InfoGovernance.CS@dudley.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: dudleyfoi@messagestore.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 9:33 AM
Subject: Child Abuse Cases DMBCIR:8821

Dear Mr Mortimer

I write to inform you that your request for information will not be processed.

This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the "appropriate limit" as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004 which is currently set at £450. This limit represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in determining whether the Council holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Council is not obliged to comply with your request and we will not be processing your request further.

If you were to make a new request for a more narrow category of information, it may be that we could comply with that request within the appropriate limit, although I cannot guarantee that this will be the case.

Please contact me if you require further assistance in refining your request.

Nina Meredith
Information Governance Officer

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

We now need more people to join this group or to simply start asking our public servants for the proof that they are acting in the public's best interests. If the right people ask their friends to join this group they will & some of the best people won't need to be asked. All it takes to make real progress is a little bit of co-operation. The change will be how we use the Internet.

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/ukfamilylawreform

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