UK Family Law Reform

Free information index

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Edward.Jones@hullcc.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:29 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request - 000194/14

Dear Mr. Jones,

Before I trouble your internal reviewers, I would most grateful if you could just confirm that:

1) Your response to my points b) and d) "is held to account by a member of the public" refers only to official offices.

2) In respect to my point c), for clarification: "the council authority" refers to an explicit statutory provision; "the council officer" refers to a designated officer of the authority, with a clear job description describing how that responsibility should be met for the authority so conferred; and the name of that officer refers to the current post holder; and that you have not supplied a response to any of these.

3) In respect to my point e), your response "The collection and maintenance of information on child abuse and neglect is a statutory requirement" is the statutory requirement I asked that your disclose at my point 2) previous?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Edward.Jones@hullcc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:21 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request - 000194/14

Dear Mr Mortimer

With regard to your Freedom of Information request received on 27/01/2014, please find our response below.

Questions

(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;

Information held by Hull City Council on child abuse and neglect is defined by statutory guidance and collected in accordance with statutory requirements and guidance and submitted in annual returns to the Department for Education (DfE).

The team collating information is overseen by Niki Heffernan, Assistant Head of Service who is accountable to the City Children Safeguarding Manager and the Director of Adults, Children and Families 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 local authority’s discharge of statutory duties in relation to child abuse and neglect is overseen locally by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board, by elected members including the Lead Member for Children’s Services and local authority Scrutiny Commissions.

National accountability is through the DfE and through inspection of Children’s Services by Ofsted.

(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies; Child Protection Policies are overseen and agreed through internal management processes accountable to the Director of Children’s Services and by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board.

(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 local authority’s discharge of statutory duties in relation to child protection policies is overseen locally by the Hull Safeguarding Children Board, by elected members including the Lead Member for Children’s Services and local authority Scrutiny Commissions. National accountability is through the DfE and through inspection of Children’s Services by Ofsted.

(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?"

The collection and maintenance of information on child abuse and neglect is a statutory requirement as is the requirement to have policies in place to meet statutory child protection requirements.

We hope that you will be satisfied with our response and should you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Should you wish to complain about our response in any way, then this must initially be done through the Council’s internal review procedure. Please contact the Corporate Feedback Team: Freepost RSJC-KKBE-ABXZ, Customer Feedback Team, Hull City Council. P.O. Box 15, Hull, HU1 2AB. Telephone (01482) 300300, Textphone (01482) 300349. E-Mail customerfeedback@hullcc.gov.uk.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review then you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the government body established to enforce the legislation. Their details are Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545700, Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk, web site http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

The Council’s Freedom of Information Policy, which includes the charging policy, is available on request and from the web site http://www.hullcc.gov.uk. Also available is a booklet on ‘Accessing Information from Hull City Council’ which explains how to request information and your rights (according to the Data Protection Act 1998 and The Freedom of Information Act 2000).

Please note that this information may be subject to copyright and supply of the information to you under the Freedom of Information Act does not confer an automatic right to re-use it in a way that would infringe copyright. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research or private study you are carrying out and for purposes of news reporting.

Any information we provide to you under the Freedom of Information Act will not confer an automatic right to re-use that information, for example to publish it. If you wish to re-use the information that we provide and you do not specify this in your initial application for information then you must make a further request for its re-use as per the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 http://www.opsi.gov.uk - This will not affect your initial information request.

Yours sincerely

Edward Jones

Information Governance Officer

Town Clerk's Service

Resources Directorate

Hull City Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Nigel.Herring@HULLCC.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 1:15 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Nigel Herring,

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: Nigel.Herring@HULLCC.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: FOI request regarding substantiated child abuse cases

Dear Mr Mortimer

With regard to your Freedom of Information request received on 30 December 2013, please find our response below.

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.

We do not hold the level of detail requested. The information we hold is secondary and could come from any of the Courts or Probation on people with a warning/conviction of offences against children and included all offences. We record the information received against the person and it would be recorded as a warning indicator which would only state warning/conviction of offences against children, it would not be broken down into the categories described.

We suggest that you contact the courts and probation service for this information. Their contact details can be found on the Government website below.

HM Government website

Courts>Court finder

Organisations>Probation

http://www.justice.gov.uk/news

Yours sincerely

Nigel Herring

Information Governance Officer

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk

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

We now need more people to join this group or to simply start asking our public servants for the proof that they are acting in the public's best interests. If the right people ask their friends to join this group they will & some of the best people won't need to be asked. All it takes to make real progress is a little bit of co-operation. The change will be how we use the Internet.

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

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