UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: Tracey.Coffey@halton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 1:49 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

In response to this and your most recent e-mail:

We do not have separate records for adults who have been convicted; this information is located in the individual children’s files. As I said in my formal response, this would be a costly exercise for the reasons I have outlined as each record would need to be read to meet your requirements and that why I have refused this element of your request on cost grounds in line with guidance issued by the Information Commissioner.

Any child who has suffered or who is likely to suffer significant harm is responded to in line with the statutory requirements outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013. We receive referrals from the police, the probation service and other services in line with their statutory duty to refer such concerns to us for assessment and investigation. Any referral from them about an adult would involve a search of records to identify if they are known or linked to children and an assessment undertaken to inform if formal child protection measures should be taken to safeguard any child. We also as part of assessments and investigations triggered by referrals from any agency would check with agencies such as the police to see if any adult involved has any relevant criminal convictions and probation to determine if they have any involvement.

Where an individual is a “person who represents a risk of harm to children”, a risk assessment would be undertaken if they were in contact with children in their own or extended family to determine if risks remain and if so, how it would be managed. The term “a person who represents a risk of harm to children” covers not just criminal convictions but also individuals where a professional evidenced based assessment concludes that the person is a risk on the balance of probabilities. The individual should be informed of this status, and it should be reviewed on a regular basis to inform any risk management decisions in respect of the individual children. If a person is convicted, then dependant on their sentence and the level and nature of their offence they will be supervised by the probation services. The police also oversee the management of offenders who have been convicted of sexual offences and order to sign the sex offenders register.

As I have said, for the conviction rates you will need to approach the police or the Ministry of Justice. I hope the above assures you how we work in partnership with other agencies to ensure adults who are a risk of harm to children are managed.

Tracey Coffey

Operational Director Children and Families

From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 09 January 2014 12:45
To: Tracey Coffey
Subject: Re: Freedom of information request

Dear Tracey,

Please can you kindly tell me who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if you don't collect any information on child abuse perpetrators?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Tracey.Coffey@halton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 1:06 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of information request

Dear David

Local Authorities do not collect that information – that is the police and the Ministry of Justice. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

Tracey Coffey

Operational Director Children and Families

3rd Floor Rutland House

Halton Lea

Runcorn

WA7 2GW

----- Original Message -----
From: Tracey.Coffey@halton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 9:08 AM
Subject: Freedom of information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

We do not collect familial relationships as we are not required to do so and to do would involve a manual examination of 228 individual case records for 2013/3. In my view this would take one person 5.5 working days to locate, retrieve and extract this information and the cost would exceed £450 at a rate of £25 per hour; on that basis I refuse this element of your request. We would also charge you.

If by substantiated you mean a child is then subject to a child protection plan, this data is already available and recently published for 2012/13. This data includes which categories of harm for each plan. I have attached the web-link below for you; the data is broken down by each individual local authority. As this information is already publicly available, I do not intend to provide any further detail as this answers your request.

https://www.gov.uk/

Tracey Coffey

Operational Director Children and Families

3rd Floor Rutland House

Halton Lea

Runcorn

WA7 2GW

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

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

A change would be in the best interests of children.

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/ukfamilylawreform/