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----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.RequestsSCF@essex.gov.uk
To: David@mortimers-removals.Co.Uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:21 PM
Subject: ECC-042024-14

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Reference: ECC-042024-14 Response: 11 February 2014

(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;

I can confirm that Essex County Council do hold this information. The information on child neglect and abuse collected and held by Essex County Council is determined by the information which is submitted by the Local Authority to the Department of Education on an annual basis.

This will be overseen by the Executive Director of Family Operations, Helen Lincoln and the Director of Safeguarding, Paul Secker.

(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;

I can confirm that Essex County Council do hold this information. The Local Authority is accountable to the Department of Education and OFSTED in respect of discharging the functions referred to in (a) above.

There is a formal complaints system for members of the public.

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

I can confirm that Essex County Council do hold this information. Child Protection Policies and Procedures are the overall responsibility of the Essex Safeguarding Children Board, which is independently chaired by Simon Hart.

These Policies and Procedures are agreed in conjunction with the Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Children 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;

I can confirm that Essex County Council do hold this information. The public can make a formal complaint to the Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board. The Chair of the Essex Safeguarding Board is ultimately accountable to the Chief Executive of Essex County Council.

(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?

I can confirm that Essex County Council do hold this information. The Local Authority and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board are inspected by OFSTED in relation to (c) on a regular basis.

Your Right to Know Information Services Essex County Council Telephone: 08457 430430 E-mail: YourRight.ToKnow@essex.gov.uk

Kind Regards

Lauri Almond

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance

Essex County Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI.RequestsSCF@essex.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:18 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Lauri Almond,

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: James.Parnell@essex.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:10 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act. The Essex Safeguarding Children Board is not a public authority defined under the Act and the rights that are conferred by the act do not apply to the information that it holds. In order to assist you I should also mention that the Board does not in any event hold the information you request. It may be information that is held by Essex Police which is a public authority within the meaning of the Act.

Yours sincerely

James Parnell

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.RequestsSCF@essex.gov.uk
To: David@mortimers-removals.Co.Uk
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 3:47 PM
Subject: ECC-041287-14

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations Request

Reference: ECC-041287-14 Response: 20 January 2014

Please will you kindly tell me the name of the person who is in charge of your Local Safeguarding Children Board & provide me with their email address

I can confirm that Essex County Council do hold this information. The Business Manager of the Essex Safeguarding Childrens Board (ESCB) is James Parnell. James can be contacted on james.parnell@essex.gov.uk or essex.safeguardingchildrenboard@essex.gov.uk

Kind Regards

Lauri Almond

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.RequestsSCF@essex.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 9:21 AM
Subject: RE: ECC-040895-13

Dear Mr Mortimer,

The current SET procedures (2011) were jointly written by a selected group of managers and practitioners from Southend, Essex and Thurrock. A copy of the SET procedures can be found on the Essex safeguarding Childrens Board (ESCB) web site, together with threshold for intervention policy and related procedures;

http://www.escb.co.uk

Kind regards

Natalie Cook

Information Governance Apprentice

Information Governance

Essex County Council

YourRight.ToKnow@essex.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.RequestsSCF@essex.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 3:58 PM
Subject: RE: ECC-040895-13

Hi Dave

We would only hold such information within the child records, there would not be a separate file for the offenders, that is why I suggested you check with Probation as they may be able to assist as their records would relate to the perpetrator rather than the victim. Unfortunately to search through the child legal files would still exceed the cost limit under S12 of the Act.

Lauri Almond
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance

Essex County Council | telephone: 08457 430430| email: YourRight.ToKnow@essex.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI.RequestsSCF@essex.gov.uk
To: David@mortimers-removals.Co.Uk
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 11:26 AM
Subject: ECC-040895-13

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations Request

Reference: ECC-040895-13 Response: 03 January 2014

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.

We can confirm that we do hold this information. However from our preliminary assessment, we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450. This limit is calculated 18 hours of work at a cost of £25 per hour. The information you have requested is not available because it is not held in a reportable field, and in order to collate this information, we would have to manually inspect approximately 3000 records. We estimate that it would take 5 minutes per record. Therefore we will not be complying with this part of your request. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice in respect of this part of your request.

Under section 16 of the Act, our duty to assist those requesting information, I have supplied the information below which I hope will be of help you.

We have provided below the number of children subject to child protection plans and that category of abuse to which their plan relates. The categories for CP plans in Essex (as at end Nov 2013) were:

Neglect 322

Emotional Abuse 75

Physical Abuse 47

Sexual Abuse 13

You might find it helpful to approach probation services for information relating to offenders and offences against children, and have provided their contact address below for your convenience.

Essex Probation Head Office Cullen Mill 49 Braintree Road Witham Essex CM8 2DD

Kind Regards

Lauri Almond

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance

Essex County Council

Telephone: 08457 430430

YourRight.ToKnow@essex.gov.uk

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

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