UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:37 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Gwynedd Council Response

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I apologise for the delay in our response. Please find enclosed response to
your Freedom of Information request.


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


a) This is not a decision of any individual within the authority.
Information in individual cases is held in social work assessments. These
assessments are templates derived from the Framework for the assessments of
children in need - which has been developed on a national basis. Performance
indicators, which relate to specific areas within statutory social services
are decided upon by The Welsh Government.

b) Local Authorities, not individuals are held to account for their
performance. In child protection work the service is also answerable to the
Local Children safeguarding Board.

c) Child Protection policies are derived from the All Wales Child Protection
Procedures, which have been developed on a national level. Their
implementation is the responsibility of the Head of Children and Family

d) See (b).

e) We do not understand this question.

Yours Sincerely

Helen Mai Davies
Customer Care Assistant

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 8:55 AM
Subject: FOI Response - Gwynedd Council Response

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for information

Thank you for your request which we received on the 30th of December 2013 and which falls under the Freedom of Information Act.

Unfortunately, in this case the amount of information you have requested is very substantial. Gathering it together would therefore be likely to involve a significant cost and diversion of resources from the authority’s other work.

When calculating the cost of complying with a written consent, the Council will calculate the time taken by an individual member of staff, charged at a rate of £25 per hour, to do the following:

Determining whether the Council holds the information

Locating the information or document

Retrieving the relevant information

Extracting the relevant information from a document

As such, your request certainly seems to exceed the £450 cost limit (equivalent to 2.5 working days) which the Government has set for dealing with a FOI request.

The best way we can help you therefore is to ask you to try and narrow down your request, for example, by asking for less information or restricting the information to a specific time period.

If you are unable or unwilling to narrow down your requests we will, of course, consider it in accordance with our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, but if it does exceed the cost limit, we may have to refuse the request.

Please let me know how you would like us to proceed.

Yours sincerely,

Lowri Evans

Customer Care Officer

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

What is and who is behind the Family Law Reform Group?

The Family Law Reform Group, as the name suggests, is a group specifically set up to campaign for UK family law reform. It is the brainchild of David Mortimer. David, a father who has been through the family court process and suffered many of the pitfalls and injustices of an outmoded legal system, has long campaigned for changes in family law to achieve justice for all, and in the hope and expectation that his sons’ sons and other fathers’ sons will never have to endure what he or they have done. That is the ethos of this Group – to build a better future for our children.

I became acquainted with David a number of years ago through a mutual contact while researching for the first edition of my legal handbook Fathers Matter. During this time I have observed his determination, perseverance and tenacity in bringing difficult and highly controversial family issues to the foreground, even though on numerous occasions it has brought him into conflict with those in a position of authority. Although David instigated the formation of the Group, he makes it very clear that he is just one part of it and the Group depends on the input of all its members to bring about radical reform which is its ultimate goal . The Group also provides support and information to anyone who needs it.

Celia Conrad, former specialist family lawyer and author of Fathers Matter.