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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 4:09 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Jeanette Hawthorn,

Please will you kindly tell me if you are aware there is no requirement or duty under the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 for any local authority to collect and hold information on child abuse perpetrators.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 3:29 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

The information you have requested on your follow up Freedom of Information request has already been provided as part of previous requests to Inverclyde CHCP, noted below (from your first request on 28th December 2013).

Linked below is the National Standards for Child Protection in Scotland, which can be used as a reference along with our previous e-mails.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/12/09134441/0

Many thanks

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:28
PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Jeanette Hawthorn,

Please will you kindly confirm if you are aware there is no legislation or regulations which specifically requires local authorities to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or for them to use that information to formulate their child protection policies. Nor is this information available for Government to use that information to formulate their child protection policies.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 2:29 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Mr. Mortimer,

In response to your e-mail of 2nd April 2014 requesting information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 please find below our response.

(A) We gather this information as part of the investigation in order to assess risk. In addition, as mentioned earlier, the Scottish Government require us to report this information.

(B) As mentioned already this is only one aspect of risk assessment that informs our policies and procedures. You may find it helpful to refer to the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland for further information as this provides the basis for Child Protection policy for all Scottish Local Authorities.

Many thanks

Jeanette Hawthorn

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Jeanette Hawthorn,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) why Inverclyde Council gather information on child abuse perpetrators if there is no requirement or duty under the national Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 for any local authority to collect and hold information on child abuse perpetrators & (B) Are you telling me that Inverclyde Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not can you actually tell me what information was used?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:20 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Mr. Mortimer,

Following on from your follow up request to Inverclyde CHCP in clarifying issues from your original Freedom of Information request of 21st January 2014, please find below our response.

(A) Whilst it is not a “duty” in legislative terms, we have already advised you that we gather this information.

(B) As for all Scottish Local Authorities, this information forms part of our annual child protection information return to the Scottish Government and as such informs both national and local policies and procedures.

(C) Please see point (B).

Many thanks

Jeanette Hawthorn

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:14 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Jeanette Hawthorn,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) if Inverclyde Council has a duty under the national Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 to collect and hold information on child abuse perpetrators & (B) how can you formulate effective evidence based child protection policies if they are not based on this information & (C) if this information is not used then who are your child protection polices designed to protect children from?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 3:27 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

In relation to your follow up request to Inverclyde CHCP for clarification in respect of an initial Freedom of Information, please find below our response:

Your first request Mr Mortimer was for the gender and familial relationship to the child victim of “offenders in substantiated child abuse cases”. We highlighted that as a Social Work Service our child protection figures did not necessarily represent the numbers of alleged perpetrators of abuse who may have been charged or convicted of an offence against a child and that these(crime) statistics would be collated by others (usually the Police, or Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service). However, the information we provided gave information in relation to the number of Child Protection Conferences that had taken place within the specified timeframe and the familial relationship to the child of the alleged perpetrator. A Child Protection Conference is held at the point when the assessment of risk has identified the need for a multi-agency meeting to consider whether or not the child is at risk of, or has suffered, significant harm and requires a Child Protection Plan, at which point their name should be placed upon the Child Protection Register. Effectively, the decision to place a child’s name on the Child Protection Register means that the concerns/risks have been sufficiently substantiated to allow the agencies represented at the meeting to conclude that a Child Protection Plan is required (in order to reduce the risk to the child).

For each child protection investigation undertaken, we would record the relationship of the alleged perpetrator to the child but obviously not all investigations result in Registration (and this is the basis of the information already provided). The initial referral discussion between the Police and Social Work Services is the point at which a decision is made regarding whether or not the investigation should be a single agency investigation or a joint investigation. There are a number of factors that are taken into account here but in particular, consideration is given as to whether or not it is believed that a criminal offence may have taken place, in which case the Police and Social Work Services will usually investigate jointly. This is the route towards charge and conviction (or otherwise) of alleged perpetrators. In addition, there are notification processes between services and agencies regarding the release from prison of people convicted of offences against children. Where a familial relationship exists, these will be followed up and may result in Child Protection procedures being implemented (in which case the identity of the perpetrator/alleged perpetrator will be recorded as before).

You may find it helpful to access the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/12/09134441/0

Many thanks

Jeanette Hawthorn

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Jeanette Hawthorn,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require Inverclyde Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Bryan.Kane@inverclyde.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 3:53 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - Child Abuse Cases (FOI/13/922)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

In response to your e-mail of 28th December 2013 requesting information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, please find below our response.

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.

The information provided is from Inverclyde Social Work Services records and is therefore not a representation of the numbers of alleged perpetrators of abuse who may have been charged or prosecuted with an offence against a child. This information would have to be obtained from other sources. In order to try and meet the request we have provided figures for those cases where concerns were established to the point where a Child Protection Conference took place. Please note that for all categories, it is possible that children, adults or risks may be recorded more than once.

From 2012 -13 records show that 180 children were subject to Child Protection Conferences

Gender

104 were Male and 76 were Female.

Familial Relationship to Children

Natural Mother- 49

Natural Father- 33

Natural Parents- 42

Natural Parents and Partner or Step Parent- 16

Step Father- 2

Other Relatives not specified- 2

Siblings- 5

Number of Children where risk related to

Neglect - 45

Emotional abuse- 70

Physical abuse- 29

Sexual abuse- 6

In Scottish Child Protection procedures there are other areas of concerns recorded which have not been requested. This will account for the numbers of children not marrying up with the categories of abuse requested.

Many thanks

Jeanette Hawthorn

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

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