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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: FOI Response - LBBD/78474

Dear The Freedom of Information Team,

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: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:13 PM
Subject: FOI Response - LBBD/78474

Dear David Mortimer

Your request for information has now been considered and the information is as follows:

(A) what information the legislation & regulations require the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators

There is no legal requirement to hold this data, however we record and maintain a register of those working with children where an allegation has been made – Management of Allegations against those working with children protocol

LA’s are not provided with data relating to criminal convictions against children unless they are working within a notifiable occupation

(B) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Our policies are designed to protect children from all forms of abuse by all those who may do so either deliberately or through negligence

If you need any more information, or if we can be of any further help, please contact us.

Yours sincerely

The Freedom of Information Team

http://www.lbbd.gov.uk/

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 2:23 PM
Subject: FW: LBBD/78474

Dear Mr Mortimer

Your request for information has now been considered and the information is below.

(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 data we collect is guided by DfE.

(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;

This is non applicable as we would follow guidelines set.

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

Again, our policies are drawn from Government guidance - Working Together 2013 and the London Child Protection Procedures.

(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;

If a member of the public felt that these functions were not being met they would be able to use our complaints procedure where this would then be investigated.

(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 perpetration?"

We do collect data as stated

If you need any more information, or if I can be of any further help, please contact me.

Regards

Freedom of Information Team

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:32 AM
Subject: RE: LBBD/77426

Dear Mr Mortimer

We received your further request for information in relation to your Freedom of Information submitted. We would be unable to provide this information as the perpetrators are not routinely recorded in their own right under our system. This would require us to search through individual files and extract this information as such this would exceed the appropriate limit as set out in Section 12 of FOIA.

Regards

Freedom of Information Team

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 13 February 2014 09:01
To: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
Subject: Re: LBBD/77426

Dear Sir or Madam,

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.

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:45 PM
Subject: FW: LBBD/77426

Dear Mr Mortimers

Request for information Ref LBBD/77426

Your request for information has now been considered and the information is below.

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.

Category Male Female Unborn Total
Physical 14 13 0 27
Emotional 111 96 4 211
Sexual 3 2 1 6
Neglect 35 36 4 75
Multiple 0 5 0 5
Total 163 152 9 324

If you need any more information, or if I can be of any further help, please contact me.

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:48 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information LBBD/77031 - BDCA/1547/13

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email below.

Sarah Baker is in charge of our Local Safeguarding Children Board; her email address is sarah.baker@lbbd.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

The Freedom of Information Team

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:28 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information LBBD/77031 - BDCA/1547/13

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your further enquiry below.

Please be advised that the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Children’s Services operate according to the Child Protection policies as written by the London Safeguarding Children Board and contained within the London Child Protection procedures. All London local authorities adhere to these under a London wide agreement and no longer write separate Child Protection policies.

If you are not satisfied with the way your request has been dealt with, you can request a review within 40 days of our response to you, by e-mailing foi@lbbd.gov.uk, or in writing to the FOI Team, 2nd Floor Roycraft House, 15 Linton Road, Barking, IG11 8HE.

If you are still not satisfied following the internal review, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, details of which can be found at: http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/handling.aspx

Yours sincerely

The Freedom of Information Team

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@lbbd.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 12:02 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information LBBD/77031

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Your request for information has now been considered and the information is enclosed.

Please note that we have been unable to provide you with information relating to point b) of your request due to the fact that this would involve going through individual case files and as such in order to comply with this request the maximum charge for dealing with FOI requests of £450 per request (which equates to 18 hours work at £25 per hour) would be exceeded. Section 12 of FOIA allows a public authority to refuse to deal with a request where it estimates that it would exceed the appropriate limit to: - either comply with the request in its entirety or; - confirm or deny whether the requested information is held.

If you need any more information, or if I can be of any further help, please contact me.

If you are not satisfied with the way your request has been dealt with, you can request a review within 40 days of our response to you, by e-mailing foi@lbbd.gov.uk, or in writing to the FOI Team, 2nd Floor Roycraft House, 15 Linton Road, Barking, IG11 8HE.

If you are still not satisfied following the internal review, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, details of which can be found at: http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/handling.aspx

Yours sincerely

FOI Team

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

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