UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Nina.Jeremiah@lbhf.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - WCC 12212

Dear Nina Jeremiah,

Please will you kindly tell me if Debbie Raymond's has personally questioned the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council in the last 12 months or not?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Nina.Jeremiah@lbhf.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:32 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - WCC 12212

Dear Mr Mortimer

Our 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;

Debbie Raymond, Tri-Borough Head of Safeguarding is responsible for ensuring that information gathered is in line with the requirements of central government and local strategic priorities. 2

(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;

The interests of the public are represented through the scrutiny of elected members who review key elements of Child Protection data. Lay members sit on the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and are able to offer challenge. Freedom of information requests can also be submitted.

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

This is a corporate responsibility. Oversight is provided by Debbie Raymond, Tri-Borough Head of Safeguarding and the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.

(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;

The interests of the public are represented through the scrutiny of elected members who review the Child Protection data. Lay members sit on the Local Safeguarding and are able to offer challenge. Freedom of information requests can also be submitted.

(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?"

A wide range of data is collected by the Council in relation to child abuse and neglect. It would assist if a specific example could be provided to assist in providing an accurate answer.

Yours sincerely

Nina Jeremiah
Complaints Officer
Customer Care and Complaints Team
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: icaseworkinformationemail@lbhf.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 12:23 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Hayden Glassey,

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: icaseworkinformationemail@lbhf.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:32 AM
Subject: Information request (ref: 628290)

Dear Mr. Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information received on 30 December 2013.

Your request

Request for information under the freedom of information act.

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.

Our response

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

From our preliminary assessment, we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450.00, or 18 hours. We estimate that the cost will be in excess of the appropriate limit and have therefore decided to refuse the request.

From April 2012 – March 2013, 165 Child Protection plans were in started Hammersmith and Fulham Council. Children become subject to a CP plan when concerns of significant harm are substantiated and the child is judged to be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm. Theoretically we could look at each case and determine where we consider the risk of that harm to be i.e. from a parent, but that is different to identification of "offenders in substantiated child abuse cases". That would have required criminal proceedings and a conviction which is a separate process. It is estimated that on average it would take approximately 30 minutes to determine if this information is held in the file, and extract it.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of this response, please contact the Information Manager, Information Management Team, 3rd floor Smartspace, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London W6 9JU or email: foirequests@lbhf.gov.uk. If you are registered for self-service, via the Council's My Account portal, you can request an Internal Review online: Click here to complete the form.

You can also obtain further information from the Information Commissioner’s Office at:
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or concerns. Please remember to quote our reference, 628290, in any future communications.

Yours sincerely
Hayden Glassey
Senior Investigations and Information Officer

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

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

What is and who is behind the Family Law Reform Group?

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ukfamilylawreform/info

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.