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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI@eastriding.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:5170

Dear Director of Corporate Resources,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the current legislation & regulations require East Riding Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) if East Riding Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not what information was used?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI@eastriding.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:31 AM
Subject: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:5170

Dear Mr Mortimer

Request for Information

On 13 March 2014 East Riding of Yorkshire Council received your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The information you have requested, along with the Council’s response, is set out below.

Details of Request:

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information your local children's safeguarding board actually collects & holds on child abuse perpetrators & (B) if East Riding of Yorkshire Council's child protection policies are based on this information & if not, who are they designed to protect children from?

Response:

A) what information your local children's safeguarding board actually collects & holds on child abuse perpetrators

The ERSCB publishes a Learning and Improvement Framework, which is available on the ERSCB website. The Framework includes the data that the ERSCB requests from partner agencies to enable it to fulfil part of its statutory responsibilities - to evaluate the effectiveness of safeguarding services. The ERSCB does not collect data on individuals as it is not a service provider. A link to the ERSCB website is below.

http://www.erscb.org.uk/

(B) if East Riding of Yorkshire Council's child protection policies are based on this information & if not, who are they designed to protect children from?

One of the influences on the child protection policies is the analysis of this data, but it is only one influence on what policies are developed and prioritised.

Yours sincerely

for the Director of Corporate Resources

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI@eastriding.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:5001

Good Morning,

Thank you for your further email. Unfortunately I can not see in our previous responses where we have informed you that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council does not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators. The Freedom of Information Act concerns recorded information and is not best placed to respond to your general comments about how the Council operates. It may be that the Safeguarding Board can provide you with answers to your further queries. The following link provides you with the relevant contact details.

http://www.erscb.org.uk/

Regards,

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI@eastriding.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:5001

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please will you kindly tell me why East Riding of Yorkshire Council does not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators & 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@eastriding.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:5001

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Further to your email I have contacted officers who have advised that East Riding Childrens Safeguarding Board have made no complaints regarding child abuse perpetrator information collected by East Riding council in the last 12 months, nor have any complaints been made by Members of the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Regards,

Freedom of Information
East Riding of Yorkshire Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI@eastriding.gov.uk
Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:07 AM
Subject: Re: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:5001

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please will you kindly tell me if any member of (A) the East Riding Safeguarding Children Board or (B) the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee has made a formal written complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected by East Riding council or not in the last 12 months?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI@eastriding.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:18 PM
Subject: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:5001

Dear Mr Mortimer

On 3 February 2014 East Riding of Yorkshire Council received your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The information you have requested, along with the Council’s response, is set out below.

Details of Request:

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?"

I can confirm that the Council holds the information and can allow access. The response is set out below. The Council does not currently make a charge for the information or for disbursements to cover such things as photocopying and postage.

Response:

The Council is part of a multi agency system, overseen by the East Riding Safeguarding Children Board, who publish on the Board's website inter agency safeguarding policies and procedures. The process of determining data on child abuse and neglect is determined by decision making on individual cases. If the criteria for agreeing that a child has been, or is at risk of, neglect or abuse is reached that child is made subject of a child protection plan. Consideration of whether the situation meets the criteria is made at a multi agency child protection conference. The number of children subject to a child protection plan is the basis of the information and this is published in the ERSCB Annual Report which is placed on the ERSCB website via the following link: http://www.erscb.org.uk/#.

Through the ERSCB Annual Report, which is scrutinised by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and presented to the Health and Well-being Board, the Police and Crime Commissioner. These processes are open to the public domain.

Please see response to a.

Please see response to b.

(Information is collected as in the response to a).

Yours sincerely

for the Director of Corporate Resources

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI@eastriding.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 2:23 PM
Subject: Response to Freedom of Information Act Request - FOI No:4881

Dear Mr Mortimer

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Request for Information

On 28 December 2014 East Riding of Yorkshire Council received your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The information you have requested, along with the Council’s response, is set out below.

Details of Request:

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:

We are unable to provide this information as it is not recorded.

If you are dissatisfied with the above response or how your request has been handled you can ask for the Council to review this by contacting the Freedom of Information Coordinator on the above telephone number or by email on foi@eastriding.gov.uk within 6 weeks of this letter which is 17 March 2014.

A senior manager will carry out the review within 10 working days of receipt of your request and provide a response within 20 working days. It will provide a fair and thorough review of the decisions taken and where necessary how your request has been handled.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review you can apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the Council’s review procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House, Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

http://www.ico.gov.uk

mail@gsi.gov.uk

Tel: 01625 545745 or 08456 30 60 60

Yours sincerely

for the Director of Corporate Resources

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

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

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