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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: 14/FOI/7843 - Freedom of Information Request

Dear Steve Taylor,

It will never be possible for local authorities to protect children from abuse until their child protection polices are evidence based but there is no legislation or regulations which specifically requires local authorities to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or for them to use that information to formulate their child protection policies. Nor is this information available for Government to use that information to formulate their child protection policies.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@gloucestershire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:39 AM
Subject: 14/FOI/7843 - Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am pleased to provide a response to your request for information:

A) Please can you tell me if Kathy O’Mahony has made a formal complaint to the Department for Education about the way child

abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Gloucestershire County Council

The Council does not hold any information relating to this. Should the Council have concerns we would look at our own practices and amend process as appropriate, before any escalation to the DfE is considered.

B) Who are her child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?”

Child Protection policies are designed to protect children from any potential perpetrator. Limiting policies to only specific categories of individuals could limit the effect of those policies.

Unfortunately, as your request stands it is not a valid request under the Freedom of Information Act. Freedom of Information provides a right to request access to recorded information held by the Council. Therefore, if you are not satisfied with our response please could you provide more detail about the document or information you are seeking to access. If we have not heard from you by 3 July 2014 we will close your request.

Gloucestershire County Council has not withheld any information in relation to this request under the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).

I will now close your request as of this date.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Taylor

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: 14/FOI/7529 - Freedom of Information Request

Dear Steve Taylor,

Please can you tell me if (A) Kathy O’Mahony has made a formal complaint to the Department for Education about the way child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Gloucestershire County Council & (B) who are her child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@gloucestershire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:45 AM
Subject: 14/FOI/7529 - Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am pleased to provide a response to your request for information:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could you kindly supply me with the following:

· (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 Council Authority is Gloucestershire County Council. The Department for Education requires Gloucestershire County Council provide key information including child protection information, in addition, Kathy O’Mahony, the Director of Operational Services for Children Young People’s Services and her Management Team will determine/review further Management Information requirements within Children and Young People’s Social Care Services.

· (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 County Council and its staff will operate in accordance with Children’s Act 1989; the Council and its officers are subject to regulatory requirements and inspections by Central Government departments or inspectorates, such as the Department for Education and Ofsted. Part of the central government department role is to determine if the County Council is discharging its public functions effectively. The County Council also has a formal complaints procedure that is open to members of the public to use.

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

Child protection policies operate across all areas of Children’s Services, e.g. Schools, Social Care etc., within Gloucestershire County Council.

Linda Uren, the Director of Children’ Services, has overall responsibility for these service areas.

· (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;

The County Council and its staff will operate in accordance with Children’s Act 1989 and other relevant statute, the Council is subject to regulatory requirements and inspections by Central Government departments or inspectorates, such as the Department for Education and Ofsted. Part of the central government departments role is to determine if the County Council is discharging its public functions effectively. The County Council also has a formal complaints procedure that is open to members of the public to use.

· (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?"

To provide assurance of effective practice, the Director of Children’s Services (DCS) reviews management information available; this includes child abuse information.

In addition, further assurance to the DCS can be achieved by developing sound practice at all levels, this includes;

Suitably qualified staff, continuing professional development, effective management oversight, partnership working, case file reviews, regular review/analysis of performance data, service reviews (offering Independent Partner/Peer challenge), Members/Senior Mgr oversight/challenge through Boards, Independent Safeguarding Board, and inspections.

Gloucestershire County Council has not withheld any information in relation to this request under the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).

I will now close your request as of this date.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Taylor
Information Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@gloucestershire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 9:13 AM
Subject: 13/FOI/7354 - Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Request for Information (Reference 13/FOI/7354)

I am not able to complete your request as it is currently too large*. If it will take more than 18 hours or cost more than £450 to find the information you’ve asked for, we are not required to look for it. We have estimated that it will take 412.75 hours, costing £10318.75 to find everything you’ve asked for.*

If you are unhappy with my response, you can complain or ask for a review of your request. You need to do this by writing to us within 40 working days of receiving this email, the full procedure is on our website at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=40945&p=0.

We would like to hear your views on our service. If you’d like to tell us how we did, you can complete our feedback form online at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/foifeedback

I will now close your request as of this date.

Yours sincerely

Steve Taylor

Information Officer / Information Management Service

* The request is refused under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. This is because I have concluded that the cost of complying with your request will exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ of £450 (18 hours @ £25 per hour) which is laid down by the Act and associated Regulations[1] .

The information requested relates directly to Adult Offenders and as such GCC Council Children’s Services would not hold the information in an easily extractable format. In order to obtain the information requested an individual investigation into each case would be required.

Year
New child protection plans
Child protection conferences
2012
564
1789
2013
610
1990

Using a minimum of only 5 minutes per investigation, the time required would exceed 400 hours. 5 minutes x (1174 CP plans + 3779 CP Conferences) = 412.75 hrs.

This email therefore acts as a refusal notice under section 17 of the FoIA as all of the information you have requested is exempt from disclosure.

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

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