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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: CSSGFreedom@lancashire.gov.uk
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:52 PM
Subject: Re: FOI Request - Ref. 826.36 - Response

Dear Mr M Sayles,

It will never be possible for local authorities to protect children from abuse until their child protection polices are evidence based but 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: CSSGFreedom@lancashire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 10:45 AM
Subject: FOI Request - Ref. 826.36 - Response

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I write further to your email of 10 January, below, in which you request details of child abuse cases in the Fylde district.

I have made enquiries with both the head of Safeguarding and the District Manager for the Fylde district and they have confirmed that the only way to collate this information, which is not separately recorded in a manner that would allow easy interrogation, would be to audit every case in the Fylde district for a full year where there has been an allegation of abuse. It has been estimated that this would incur a commitment of resources in excess of the limit of £450 set by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 (SI No. 3244 of 2004), which equates to 18 hours of work. Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act provides that a public authority is not obliged to comply with a request where to do so would exceed such a limit. In fact it has been estimated that such an audit would take an officer approximately 23 hours to do so.

Given the nature of your request, and the manner in which the information is recorded, it is difficult to suggest a way in which the scope of your request can be narrowed without rendering any potential results as meaningless. However, if you do wish to submit an amended request please contact us and we will make enquiries.

If you have any queries regarding any of the above, or you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Sayles

----- Original Message -----
From: CSSGFreedom@lancashire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 11:21 AM
Subject: 826.35.am - FOI Request (Response)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Further to your email dated 9th January, in which you request the disclosure of information under the provisions of the above Act, we are now in a position to respond.

The link below provides details of Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board Members:

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/view.asp?siteid=3829&pageid=20792&e=e

This link provides contact details for Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board:

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/view.asp?siteid=3829&pageid=20896&e=e

I trust that our response is to your satisfaction.

Your request will now be closed as of this date.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Martin

----- Original Message -----
From: CSSGFreedom@lancashire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:38 AM
Subject: 826.17 - FOI Request (Response)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your further enquiry below. I can confirm that Lancashire County Council procedures were written by tri.x, a third party organisation specialising in producing such documents. The Safeguarding Children procedures are subject to approval by the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board, and the Children's Social Care procedures are subject to approval by the Directorate.

I hope this information proves useful.

Kind regards,

Vicky Austin

----- Original Message -----
From: CSSGFreedom@lancashire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 8:59 AM
Subject: 819.1600 - FOI Request (Response)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Further to your email of 28 December, we are now in a position to respond to your enquiry regarding child abuse cases.

Unfortunately, although we hold the information requested, it is exempt from disclosure under section 12(1) of the above Act. Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act provides that a public authority is not obliged to comply with a request where to do so would exceed the limit of £450 set by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 (SI No. 3244 of 2004), which equates to 18 hours of work.

In order to collate the information you requested, an Officer would have to manually audit every case record relating to an allegation of abuse as we do not record this separately. This would be an immense task given we would have to audit every S47 enquiry undertaken where concerns have been raised that a child may have suffered significant harm.

If you have any queries regarding our response, or you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Ms V. Austin

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk

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

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