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Dear Eleanor Schooling,
Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require Islington 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
Dear Mr Mortimer
Thank you for your information request, received on 25th February 2014.
Your request and response is as follows:
(1) Please will you kindly tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is
collected & held by Islington Council?
The criteria is set by the document Working Together to Protect Children 2013.
(2) Please will you also tell me if Cathy Blair has made a formal complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Islington Council in the last 12 months or not?
Dear Mr Mortimer,
Thank you for your information request, received on 28th January 2014.
Your request is as follows:
(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;
Director of Targeted and Specilaist Children and Families Service (TSCFS) Cathy Blair ultimately decides on what information is collected and held.
(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;
Through the elected council, via the chief executive and the corporate director of children's services to whom the Director of TSCFS reports.
(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;
As above Cathy Blair Director TSCFServices
(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?"
Regular meetings with the Leader of the Council, the Chief Executive, Lead Member for Children Services and the Chair of corporate parenting board, hold the relevant officers to account. The Health Scrutiny Panel undertake annual scrutiny and the Islington Safeguarding Children’s Board report annually on the effectiveness of safeguarding. Information about perpetrators of abuse are not aggregated and would be held at case level.
Corporate Director, Children’s Services
Dear Mr Mortimer
Thank you for your information request, received on 30/01/2014.
Your request is as follows:
Request for information under the freedom of information act. 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 council holds information falling within the description specified in your request. However, we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed an appropriate cost limit to locate, retrieve and gather as this would mean going through individual case files. This has been set at £450 and represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2½ working days in locating, retrieving and extracting the information. (For more information about the council's fees notice, please see our Fees Notice available on our website.)
Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, the council is not obliged to comply with your request. We would still, however, like to assist you. If you are able to narrow the criteria of your request, it is more likely that we will be able to provide you with the information you require.
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