UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Freedom.ofInformation@knowsley.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 9:11 PM
Subject: Re: F2014.01.12 - Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Knowsley council,

Please will you kindly confirm in your reply if you are aware that you have a legal duty to collect information on child abuse perpetrators.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Freedom.ofInformation@knowsley.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 3:55 PM
Subject: FW: F2014.01.12 - Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer,

We have looked into your request for information about Knowsley council, and our response is shown below.

a) This is not a local authority decision or decided by an individual. The information collected and held is determined by legislation and regulations set by government and government departments.

b) If an individual is in dispute with an LA about the information collected and held they have a right to complain or ultimately inform the Information Commissioner. Each Council should have a named officer to investigate any alleged data breaches (SIRO)

c) Child protection policies are not the responsibility of an individual. They are set by Local Safeguarding Children Boards and by government guidance set out in “ Working Together to Safeguard Children 2012”

d) See above.

e) I don’t understand the question. I think it is asking who is held to account if a LA fails to collect information about child abuse? If this is the question then the answer is the person or persons who did not collect the right information.

If you need further information please see contact details below.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information

Knowsley MBC

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Freedom.ofInformation@knowsley.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2014 8:44 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Freedom of Information,

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: Freedom.ofInformation@knowsley.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:32 AM
Subject: F2013.12.2648 Mortimer - Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Freedom of Information request F2014.12.2648

We have looked into your request for information about child abuse cases and our response is shown below.

I can confirm the following statistics for 2013 CP Category

Emotional Abuse 175
Multiple 13
Neglect 106
Physical Abuse 39
Sexual Abuse 7
Grand Total 340

To breakdown these figures under gender and familial relationship will take more than 18 hours. The cost of complying with your request exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’ of time taken under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide the information.

If you need further information please see contact details below.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

-----Original Message-----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 28 December 2013 10:39
To: Freedom.ofInformation@knowsley.gov.uk
Subject: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Knowsley Council

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.

David Mortimer

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.