UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: SophieShanahan@anglesey.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10:39 AM
Subject: RE: FOI 901 Response

Dear Mr Mortimers,

In response to your query,

‘Please will you kindly tell me if the director of social services has personally questioned in writing the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected by the Isle of Anglesey County Council or not in the last 12 months?’

I can confirm that the Director of Community has not made a specific request in writing for such information.

Yours sincerely,

Emma Edwards

----- Original Message -----
From: SophieShanahan@anglesey.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:56 PM
Subject: FOI 901 Response

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find the responses to your questions below.

I trust this concludes your request.

Yours sincerely,

Emma Edwards

Compliance Officer

Community Department

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:

The Director of Social Services has the statutory responsibility for safeguarding within the Local Authority. Information collected is governed by the requirements of Welsh Government, the Local Safeguarding Board (Gwynedd and Môn) and the Corporate Safeguarding policy.

(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 Authority reports on key child protection information and indicators in accordance with Welsh Government requirements. The Director is required to publish an annual evaluation of performance – referred to as the Annual Council reporting Framework – this is a public document and available on our website. The Local Authority’s performance is subject to overview by the Welsh Audit Office and the CSSIW. A quarterly report is also presented to the Safeguarding Board by the Child Protection Coordinating Officer.

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

See answer to a).

(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:

See answer to b).

(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?"

Not applicable.

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: EmmaJEdwards@anglesey.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 10:47 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Emma Edwards,

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: EmmaJEdwards@anglesey.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 9:04 AM
Subject: 874 response

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your recent request for information with regard to what the (a) gender and (b) familial relationship was to the child victim of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases in the area which we 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, I enclose a table in response.

1
Type of abuse registered
2   Neglect and Physical Neglect only Physical and emotional Physical only Sexual only Emotional only
3              
4 Male 1 24   13 1 8
5 Female 1 16   20 3 11
6              
7 Male 4 15 4 16   8
8 Female 0 15 4 12 1 11
9   6 70 8 61 5 38

We are unable to provide the actual individual's familial relationship to the child victim of offenders, but as the child is a subject of Child Protection, it can be assumed that the parents have been unable to safeguard their child.

I trust this concludes your request.

Regards

Emma Edwards

Compliance Officer

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.