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Dear Mr Mortimer
AIR8148R – Records of Child Abuse Perpetrators and CP Policies
Children and Young Peoples Service response:
I believe the standard categories which are recorded according to Working Together 2013 (and every previous one since 1989) have not been changed, and only apply to children subject to CP plans.
What I would like you to kindly tell me is:
(A) if the working together guidance actually requires Havering Council to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or not &
(B) if Havering Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not what information was used?
Ex 21 applied:
All the information you require is contained within the guidance, Legislation and Procedures as stated in our response to your previous request AIR8052R. All of which is available in the public domain; links previously supplied.
Havering Child Protection Polices are derived from the statutory guidance contained in http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-childrenand are contained in The London Child Protection Procedures 2013 as our detailed processes for dealing with Child Protection. Working Together 2013 (as above), Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/9/contents/enacted and http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/procedures/ for Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) cases, where there is an allegation about an adult that works in a position of trust with children.
Dear Mr Mortimer,
Further to your email of 21st January, Children & Young People’s Services have provided the following information, which I trust will be of assistance to you.
Alice.email@example.com LSCB Business Manager
Dear Mr Mortimer,
Your request for information has been researched and I am unable to provide you with the specific information you require.
This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the 'appropriate limit' as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. It is estimated that it would take in excess of 18 hours to comply with your request.
Children & Young People’s Services have advised as follows:-
“Information regarding the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator is not electronically recorded. Such information is not easily retrieved. To locate, retrieve and collate information in regard to relationship between victim and perpetrator alone would exceed 18hrs. The number of children in care 1/4/2012 – 31/3/2013 was 258; it would take at least 15 minutes per file to locate and retrieve the familial relationship of these looked after children. Even without taking into account the cost of file retrieval (files that may now be in storage) or the calculation of allocating an officer specifically to this task. 285 x 15 = 4,275 min = 71 hours 25 minutes.”
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this email acts as a Refusal Notice.
You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the cost to within the 'appropriate limit'.
Access to Information Officer
Executive Support & Information