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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: childrens.foi@leeds.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request (Ref FOI 11267)

Dear Dave Britton,

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: childrens.foi@leeds.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:58 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request (Ref FOI 11267)

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your further request for information relating to FOI 11267, I have pleasure in responding as follows:

As stated in our original response I confirm that LCC does hold the information you request but it is recorded on individual files. To locate and retrieve the information would involve reviewing each file and this would take longer than 18 hours. The Local Authority has a general duty under the Children Act 1989 and Children Act 2004 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need and, so far as it is consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of such children by their families. Guidance under the Children Act 1989

Statutory guidance to help professionals to identify children at risk and on interagency cooperation was first published in 1991. The current version is: Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (HM Government, 2013).

The guidance sets out:

· definitions of child abuse and neglect

· what action agencies must take to protect children

· roles and responsibilities

· requirements for local safeguarding children boards

· the process for serious case reviews (conducted after the death or serious injury of a child).

In addition to the civil laws that set out the duties of public bodies to protect children, there are also laws that protect children by monitoring adults who pose a risk, creating offences with which they can be charged and stopping them from working with children.

Sexual offences

The Sex Offenders Act 1997 requires sex offenders convicted or cautioned on or after 1 September 1997 to notify the police of their names and addresses and of any subsequent changes (known colloquially as the sex offenders register).

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 was introduced to update the legislation relating to offences against children. It includes the offences of grooming, abuse of position of trust, trafficking, and covers offences committed by UK citizens whilst abroad. It also updates the Sex Offenders Act 1997 by strengthening the monitoring of sex offenders.

Home Office circular Guidance on offences against children (16/2005) consolidates a list of offences for all agencies to use in identifying "a person identified as presenting a risk, or potential risk, to children". It also discusses the use of the terms "Schedule One" offenders and offences.

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 was amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which replaces the vetting and barring scheme with the disclosure and barring service (DBS)

Dave Britton

Information Access Officer

http://www.leeds.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: childrens.foi@leeds.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 12:56 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request (Ref: FOI 11736)

Dear Mr Mortimer

I refer to the above and your email dated 10 March 2014. I have contacted the relevant services and now provide the following response to your request for information relating to the collection of information on child neglect and abuse.

Please will you kindly tell me:

Q1: 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

Nigel Richardson is the Director of Children’s Services, Leeds City Council and has overall responsibility for all child protection matters.

Q2: the means by which that person is held to account by a member of the public for their performance in discharging that public function

Mr Richardson is statutorily accountable through various boards and organisations which include; OfSTED, Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB), Children’s Trust Board & LCC Scrutiny Board, Ombudsman & complaints service.

Q3: the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;

See response to question 1.

Q4: 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 response to question 2.

Q5: how the function in (Q3) is properly discharged and held accountable for policies which would best effectively protect children from abuse if the person referred to in (Q1) does not collect any information on child abuse perpetration?"

See response to question 2

Kind regards

Althea Brown

Information Access Officer

http://www.leeds.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: childrens.foi@leeds.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:55 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom Of Information Request (REF: FOI 11267)

Dear Dave Britton,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require Leeds City 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: childrens.foi@leeds.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 4:36 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request (Ref: FOI 11587)

Dear Mr Mortimer

I refer to the above and your email dated 15 February 2014. I have contacted the relevant services and now provide the following response to your request for information relating to child abuse cases.

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 legal 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.

What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence. What I mean by child is those under the age of 18 years of age. What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.

Unfortunately, as per your previous request (Ref FOI 11267) I am unable to provide a response to your request as we estimate that it would take us over 18 hours to retrieve and locate the information you have requested. Therefore your request falls above the “appropriate limit”. This limit is set by fees regulations at £450 (equally 18 hours) for public authorities such as ours and is calculated using a rate of £25 per hour which is also prescribed under the same regulations.

As a result under Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act we are not obliged to provide the information which you have requested. We are however, still obliged under Section 1(a) of the Act to inform you whether or not the information in question exists. Leeds City Council record this information at a child level, and information relating to the offenders in such cases is not recorded in a reportable format. To locate and retrieve the information requested we would be required to manually interrogate each individual case file and we estimate that this would take longer than 18 hours, and therefore I am afraid we are unable to assist with your request.

I trust that this is self-explanatory although if you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0113 2477889, or by return email.

Kind regards

Dave Britton

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

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