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Dear Kerry Sidnell,
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?"
Dear Mr Mortimer
Thank you for your request
for information received on 30 December 2013.
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..
This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I am writing to inform you that the processing of the information you have requested will take more than the appropriate cost limit as stipulated under the FOI Act. However, data about children subject to a child protection plan has been published by the DfE at the link below. Tab D2 displays ‘category of abuse’ information.
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What is and who is behind the Family Law Reform Group?
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.