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----- Original Message -----
From: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 3:49 PM
Subject: FOI Response 9187937 9187979

Dear Mr Mortimer

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Children, Schools and Families

Your request for information, received on the 4th February, has now been considered.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and this response acts as a Refusal Notice under Section 17(1) of the Act

Section 17(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires us, when refusing to provide such information, to provide the applicant with a notice which: (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if it would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

We can confirm that we hold this information however we consider that the section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act applies.

You requested:

I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.

We are sorry but the information that you are seeking is not recorded in the format that you require. Information on the perpetrators in child abuse cases is not something that we report on and we have estimated that it will cost more than the appropriate limit to locate / retrieve this information. To do so would require a manual search in excess of 257 files to ascertain information on the perpetrator, we estimate that in order to locate these files and then retrieve and extract this information would exceed the 18 hour cost limit by a further 4 hours.

In addition, and as per Section 14 of the Act, in order to extract this information may be considered as a significant burden in terms of expense and distraction.

We trust that our response is useful to you.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the way in that your request has been processed then you have the right to issue a complaint. If you wish to issue a complaint, please set out in writing your grounds of appeal (within 2 months of this correspondence) and send it to: Access to Information Team, Legal Services, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London, WC1H 9LP and your complaint will be administered through our Internal Review procedure. You can also email your appeal to foireviews@camden.gov.uk

If you are still not satisfied following the Internal Review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office. They can be contacted at: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF Telephone: 01625 545 700 http://www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Tanya Bryant

Information Assistant

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2014 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: FOI Response 9187937 9187979

Dear Tanya Bryant,

Please will you kindly tell me why the London Borough of Camden Council does not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators & who Bodil Mlynarska's child protection policies are designed to protect children from if you don't collect & hold this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 5:31 PM
Subject: FOI Response 9187937 9187979

Dear Mr Mortimer

Your request for information, received on the 4th February 2014, has now been considered.

You requested:

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?"

A Council officer does not decide on what information is held or collected in regards to information on child neglect / abuse, The local authority is governed by legislation and statutory requirements set by the government.

Any complaints or suggestions regarding any Child protection procedures or policies are to be made to the head of Service Bodil Mlynarska.

We trust that our response is useful to you.

Yours sincerely

Tanya Bryant

Information Assistant

----- Original Message -----
From: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 5:31 PM
Subject: FOI Response 9187937 9187979

Dear Mr Mortimer

Your request for information, received on the 4th February, has now been considered.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and this response acts as a Refusal Notice under Section 17(1) of the Act

Section 17(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires us, when refusing to provide such information, to provide the applicant with a notice which: (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if it would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

We can confirm that we hold this information however we consider that the section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act applies.

You requested:

I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.

We are sorry but the information that you are seeking is not recorded in the format that you require. Information on the perpetrators in child abuse cases is not something that we report on and we have estimated that it will cost more than the appropriate limit to locate / retrieve this information. To do so would require a manual search in excess of 257 files to ascertain information on the perpetrator, we estimate that in order to locate these files and then retrieve and extract this information would exceed the 18 hour cost limit by a further 4 hours.

In addition, and as per Section 14 of the Act, in order to extract this information may be considered as a significant burden in terms of expense and distraction.

We trust that our response is useful to you.

Yours sincerely

Tanya Bryant

Information Assistant

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 8:17 AM
Subject: RE: FOI Response 9105782

Dear Tanya Bryant,

"Can you please verify and expand on what information or documentation you are seeking in response to questions (b) and (d)?"

If a council officer performs unsatisfactorily in discharging his functions, for example having my bins emptied, there must be some means by which I may hold that person to account to ensure that the council properly discharges that statutory function I am required to pay for.

I wish the information or documentation that specifies the process by which I may hold the responsible person or persons (identified in my points (a) and (c)) to account for properly discharging the statutory function for preventing child neglect and abuse under section 4 Part I Schedule 2 Children Act 1989.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2014 4:01 PM
Subject: RE: FOI Response 9105782

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your emails, the contents of which we note.

On the matter of our recent response, we apologise for any misunderstanding of your original request which we answered in good faith. As outlined in the conclusion of our original response you do have the right to issue a complaint by setting out the grounds of appeal and sending this to Access to Information Team, Legal Services, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London, WC1H 9LP foireviews@camden.gov.uk

However as the conclusion of the review will likely be that we treat your now updated request as a new request for information we would like to suggest that we now go ahead with this clarified request. Whilst this technically allows for a new 20 working day timescale will we make every effort to respond to this as quickly as practicably possible. We would be grateful if you could confirm be return email if you are satisfied with this approach.

On a separate matter we have also received a further request form you as follows which we will treat separately:

(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?"

As per the Freedom of Information Act it should be noted that whilst a request can be in the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, a local authority does not have to answer questions if this would mean creating new information or giving an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded.

We are therefore writing to seek clarification as per Section 1(3) of the Act.

Can you please verify and expand on what information or documentation you are seeking in response to questions (b) and (d)? We are also unclear as to the term “held to account by a member of the public”

.Question (e) appears to asking how an officer identified in question (c) is held accountable if an officer identified in (a) does not collect information? Is this correct and if so can you please expand and clarify as to what existing information or documentation you are seeking?

Whilst we are of course aware that the Freedom of Informaiton Act is purpose blind, it may be useful if you could explain the ultimate goal of this request so that we may provide a helpful response.

For your informaiton and as with all, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then it will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case.

We look to hearing form you shortly.

Regards

Children Schools and Families Freedom of Information
London Borough of Camden
http://www.camden.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:58 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Tanya Bryant,

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?"

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: CSFFreedomofInformation@camden.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:50 PM
Subject: FOI Response 9105782

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Your request for information, received on the 30th December 2013, has now been considered.

You requested the following:-

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                
Gender Emotional abuse % Neglect % Physical abuse % Sexual abuse % Grand Total
F 58 49% 50 42% 6 5% 4 3% 118
M 62 48% 60 46% 7 5% 1 1% 130
U 2 22% 4 44% 3 33%   0% 9
Grand Total 122 47% 114 44% 16 6% 5 2% 257

The table above represents cases were a child was placed on a child protection plan between 1st Jan 2103 and 31st Dec 2013. In general children who are on the child protection register will be placed on there due to concerns against their parents or carers, so essentially the perpetrators will always be the parents or carers.

We trust that our response is useful to you.

Yours sincerely

Tanya Bryant

Information Assistant

E-mail: foi.csf@camden.gov.uk

Phone: 020 7974 2850

Sincerely
Children Schools and Families Freedom of Information
London Borough of Camden

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

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