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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: barnet@mail.icasework.com
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: Information request (ref: 815164)

Dear Lauren Burbidge,

Please will you kindly tell me if Barnet Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information or not & if not what information was used?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: barnet@mail.icasework.com
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 2:01 PM
Subject: Information request (ref: 815164)

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request received on 24 March 2014, for the following information:

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require Barnet 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?

We have processed this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Response

(A) what information the legislation & regulations require Barnet Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators?

There is no legislation that states what specific information a local authority must collect and hold on child abuse perpetrators but in order for the local authority to fulfil its statutory duties it will need to collect information from any source that has information that is relevant to its assessments and safeguarding duties subject to restrictions which flow from the Human Rights Act 1998, Data Protection Act 1998 and any duties of confidentiality it may have in relation to individuals.

The Children Act 1989 imposes duties on a local authority under s47 to investigate where a child is subject to an EPO in police protection or they have reasonable cause to believe a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

The LA may then initiate care proceedings under s31 of the Act.

Many other agencies have duties to report suspected abuse to the LA, including police and health workers. Where information is relevant a LA will record that information which may include details of suspected perpetrators. This may include recording interviews with the children.

Under the Children Act 2004 section 12 the LA is required to hold a data base on information on a child including information as to the existence of any causes for concern – again this may include information on perpetrators of child abuse.

The Children Act 2004 also requires LA to make arrangements to co-operate with other agencies and to make arrangements to promote welfare (sections 10 and 11).
Information will be held until it is no longer relevant.

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

Barnet follows legislation and statutory guidance as laid out above

Yours sincerely

Lauren Burbidge

----- Original Message -----
From: barnet@mail.icasework.com
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2014 12:11 PM
Subject: Information request (ref: 752864)

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request received on 25 February 2014, for the following information:

1. Please will you kindly tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by the London Borough of Barnet Council?

2. Please will you also tell me if Kate Kennally has made a formal complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by the London Borough of Barnet Council in the last 12 months or not?

We have processed this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Response

1. Please will you kindly tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by the London Borough of Barnet Council? Information is held in relation to any investigation or assessment carried out according to the London Child Protection Procedures.

2. Please will you also tell me if Kate Kennally has made a formal complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by the London Borough of Barnet Council in the last 12 months or not? Kate Kennally has not made a formal complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by the London Borough of Barnet Council in the last 12 months.

Yours sincerely

Lauren Burbidge

----- Original Message -----
From: barnet@mail.icasework.com
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 9:05 AM
Subject: Information request (ref: 684765)

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request received on 28 January 2014, for the following 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?".

We have processed this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Response

(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; Kate Kennally, Director of Children’s Service.

(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; Accountable to Council Members elected by the public.

(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies; Barnet Council does not have local child protection policies, we follow the Pan London Child Protection Procedures which are in place in all London authorities. The Director of Children’s Service, Kate Kennally, has responsibility for the implementation of the Pan London Child Protection Procedures in Barnet.

(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; Accountable to Council Members elected by the public.

(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?"

Not applicable.

Yours sincerely

Lauren Burbidge
Data Quality Officer
Children's Service
London Borough of Barnet

----- Original Message -----
From: barnet@mail.icasework.com
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:52 PM
Subject: Information request (ref: 667564)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your request received on 21 January 2014, for the following information:

Please will you kindly tell me who decides on which categories are put on your management system?

Response

Please will you kindly tell me who decides on which categories are put on your management system?

The Department for Education (DFE) for statutory reporting and our management team for any other areas determine the categories on our management system.

Yours sincerely

Lauren Burbidge
Data Quality Officer
Children's Service
London Borough of Barnet

----- Original Message -----
From: barnet@mail.icasework.com
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:14 AM
Subject: Information request (ref: 617564)

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your request received on 2 January 2014, for the following information:

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..

We have processed this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Response

Gender and relationship to the victim / or offender is not a category on our management system and we are unable to provide this information.

Even if you accept there is an "offender" which there is not in most cases as the term "offender" would be commonly understood to mean someone convicted of a criminal offence, which is not the case for most of our families.

We have provided the figures below:

Yours sincerely

Jane Elliott
Data Quality Officer
Children's Service
London Borough of Barnet

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

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