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----- Original Message -----
From: CASFreedomofInformation@durham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 9:07 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Response to request FOI20141521DM

Dear Mr Mortimer,

We are unable to provide a response to your request for information. The information you have requested falls outside of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) as you ask us to offer confirmation of awareness.

The basis of the FOIA is to provide recorded information and the question as phrased below does not ask for recorded information.

We have a duty under section 16 of the FOIA to provide you with advice and assistance where possible. In addition to the ‘working together to safeguard children’ document provided in our original response, we believe the following link may be of interest to you http://www.justice.gov.uk/offenders/public-protection-manual.

Regards,

Freedom of Information

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@durham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:06 AM
Subject: Response to request FOI20141521DM

Dear Mr Mortimer

Please see the document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’, March 2013, which is available to view via this link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children

(A) The above linked document contains a detailed summary of the legislative requirements and expectations that Durham County Council is obliged to follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

(B) Appendix C of the above linked document contains a wide range of supplementary guidance on particular safeguarding issues.

Yours faithfully

Christine Paciorek

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@durham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk; foi@durham.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:57 PM
Subject: RE: FOI20131131DM - Child victim of offenders in abuse cases

Dear Dave,

Here is the contact list for the LSCB.

http://www.durham-lscb.gov.uk/Procedures/March-2013/Appendix%204.pdf

Yours faithfully,

Lawrence Serewicz

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@durham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 9:20 AM
Subject: FOI20131131DM - Child victim of offenders in abuse cases

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Please find below our response to your request for information, received 28-DEC-13.

You Requested:

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.

Our Response:

Durham County Council (DCC) does not hold this information in an easily accessible format. The work which DCC would need to undertake to gather this information exceeds the maximum 18hours prescribed by the FOIA.

There were 450 children on a child protection plan on Thursday 2nd January 2014. There will have been many more over the year who went on and then came off so this should be considered a conservative estimate.

It would take an estimated 15 minutes per case to scan each case file to retrieve the information requested, meaning the conservative estimate of 450 cases would take an estimated 112.5 hours.

DCC cannot see a simple way of narrowing the request to fit within the prescribed time of 18 hours which would offer the applicant any meaningful data, as the amount of case files we would be able to check would only make up a very small percentage of the total cases.

Yours faithfully,

Lawrence Serewicz

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

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