UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Lynn.Thomson@highland.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: FOI Request FOIHSC2014-23 - Child Neglect and Abuse

Dear Lynn Thomson,

Please will you kindly tell me if Bill Alexander has questioned the way child abuse perpetrator information is collected by the Highland Council or not in the last 12 months?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Lynn.Thomson@highland.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 4:08 PM
Subject: FOI Request FOIHSC2014-23 - Child Neglect and Abuse

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I refer to your request for information dated 30 January 2014 concerning child neglect and abuse. I have provided answers to your questions below. Your request has been assigned reference number FOIHSC2014-23, which you should quote in future correspondence. (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.

Some information is required by Government. Other information is considered necessary by partners in the Highland Community Planning Partnership. The Children’s Services Plan is approved by a Highland Council Committee, and the lead officer is Bill Alexander, Director Health and Social Care.

(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 Director Health and Social Care is accountable to the Chief Executive of Highland Council. Governance for Child Protection Services within Highland Council lies with the Adult & Children’s Services Committee. From May 2014, this will be the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee.

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

As above.

(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.

As above.

(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?"

In addition to Council management processes and members’ scrutiny, there is independent inspection by the Care Inspectorate. A report into the inspection of children’s services in Highland is due to be published in March 2014.

Yours Sincerely

Lynn Thomson

Business Support Officer

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Lynn.Thomson@highland.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2014 11:08 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Lynn Thomson,

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: Lynn.Thomson@highland.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:19 PM
Subject: FOI Request FOIHSC2014-04 - Child Abuse

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I refer to your request for information dated 30th December 2013 concerning child abuse. I have provided answers to your questions below. Your request has been assigned reference number FOIHSC2014-04, which you should quote in future correspondence.

Q1.
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.

A1.
The tables below give details of some of the information you have requested for the last full year that is available: 2011/12. We do not gather the information in the way you have requested. Information is gathered and published by the Scottish Government. Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website at the following link: http://www.scotland.gov.uk

Details of initial, Pre-Birth and Transfer in child protection case conferences held in 2011/12

4 of those children invloved in initial, pre-birth transfer in child protection case conferences during 2011/12, who was the child's primary known/suspected abuser.

Primary known/suspected abuser 2011/12
Natural mother 106
Natural father 53
Natural parents 0
Step mother 0
Step father 1
Parent's co-haditee 3
Sibling 1
Other relative (excluding sibling) 2
Foster care / professional carer 0
Other person known to child/family 12
Residential care staff 0
Person unknown to child/family 0
Child themselves 0
Not known 13
Total 191

Bill Alexander, Director of Health & Social Care, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, INVERNESS, IV3 5NX. Tel: 01463 702860 Fax: 01463 702855 E-mail: bill.alexander@highland.gov.uk

Under Section 20 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and/or Regulation 16 of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), you have the right to request that the Highland Council reviews any aspect of how it has dealt with your request. This requirement for review should be put in writing to the Freedom of Information Officer, Chief Executive’s Office, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX, within 40 working days of receipt of this letter. The request should include details of the information requested and the aspects of the Highland Council’s response which you are not satisfied with.

If you are subsequently dissatisfied with the outcome of the Council's review, you have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner under Section 47 of the Act (Regulation 17 of the EIRS), within six months of receiving the Council's review response.

Yours sincerely,

Lynn Thomson
Business Support Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information

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

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

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

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ukfamilylawreform/info

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.