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----- Original Message -----
From: foi@eastlothian.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:56 PM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Mortimer,

In response to your enquiry of 26 March, on behalf of East Lothian Council I am now able to provide the information you require.

Our Ref: 2014/302(5711)

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require East Lothian Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

A) There is no legal requirement to collate and retain information as requested above. We can advise, however, that on receipt of a referral relating to child protection concerns, agency checks are completed with the key statutory agencies including police. Police systems do hold information in relation to individuals convicted or charged in relation to perpetrators of crime. In turn, this information is used to inform a multi agency response to child protection concerns.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) were introduced in 2007 following implementation of the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act places statutory obligations on Responsible Authorities to co-operate in respect of Registered Sex Offenders and Restricted Patients.

The Lothian and Borders Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements are the means by which local agencies work together to best protect our community from serious harm that some offenders may still present after being convicted.

Three categories that MAPPA consider have been defined to focus risk management. These are registered sex offenders for the period of their registration, violent and other sex offenders imprisoned for 12 months plus and other offenders who have been convicted of a crime which indicates that he/she is capable of causing harm to the public.

B) The Edinburgh and Lothian’s Child Protection Procedures are multi agency procedures designed to provide a framework for intervention in relation to children who are considered by the public or professionals to be at risk of harm. The procedures set out a clear pathway of intervention and measures for the protection of children.

As above, on receipt of a referral indicating concern that a child may be at risk of or is being abused an inter agency referral discussion is undertaken between social work, health and police. Individual agencies complete full system checks on all adults linked to the referred child and this information is considered and used to inform any necessary intervention to investigate any disclosure or concern raised and to identify any protective action required to keep that child.

Yours sincerely

Shelley Neville

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@eastlothian.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:59 PM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Shelley Neville,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require East Lothian Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@eastlothian.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:34 PM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Mr Mortimer

In response to your enquiry of 28 December, on behalf of East Lothian Council I am now able to provide the information you require; please refer to the PDF attachment.

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.

East Lothian Council (ELC) does not collect this information in the format defined above. In view of this, under Section 17(1)(b) of the Act, I must formally advise you that ELC has been unable to comply with your request as the information you require is not held.

The information provided below, however, relates to children involved in initial, pre-birth or transfer child protection case conferences during 2011/12 and notes the primary known/suspected abuser:

Yours sincerely

Shelley Neville

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

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