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----- Original Message -----
From: Cynthia.Muir@hounslow.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:13 PM
Subject: RE: Hounslow's Response to your FOI Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

The Council believes it has already answered your query below in its previous response and has nothing more to add.

Kind regards

Cynthia Muir

London Borough of Hounslow

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Cynthia.Muir@hounslow.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: Hounslow's Response to your FOI Request

Dear Cynthia Muir,

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: Cynthia.Muir@hounslow.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 3:31 PM
Subject: RE: Hounslow's Response to your FOI Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing regarding your request for information dated 17 March 2014. You have requested the following:

What information the (A) Department for Education & (B) the London child protection procedures require Hounslow Council to collect and hold on child abuse perpetrators & (C) who Paul Hewitt's child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Neither the Department for Education nor the London child protection procedures require the LA to "collect and hold" information on child abuse perpetrators or provide a report to government.

The Local Authority is part of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements [MAPPA], chaired by police and probation, which overseas convicted offenders [sex offenders and otherwise]. There is a MAPPA annual report that goes to the Ministry of Justice every year which collates some statistics and information about perpetrators which is available on the internet. The local authority takes into account any local intelligence that comes out of the MAPPPA meetings to safeguard and protect children within the Borough.

Kind regards

Cynthia Muir

----- Original Message -----
From: Cynthia.Muir@hounslow.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 3:31 PM
Subject: RE: Hounslow's Response to your FOI Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing regarding your request for information dated 17 March 2014. You have requested the following:

What information the (A) Department for Education & (B) the London child protection procedures require Hounslow Council to collect and hold on child abuse perpetrators & (C) who Paul Hewitt's child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Neither the Department for Education nor the London child protection procedures require the LA to "collect and hold" information on child abuse perpetrators or provide a report to government.

The Local Authority is part of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements [MAPPA], chaired by police and probation, which overseas convicted offenders [sex offenders and otherwise]. There is a MAPPA annual report that goes to the Ministry of Justice every year which collates some statistics and information about perpetrators which is available on the internet. The local authority takes into account any local intelligence that comes out of the MAPPPA meetings to safeguard and protect children within the Borough.

Yours sincerely

Cynthia Muir

FOI/Business Implementation Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: Cynthia.Muir@hounslow.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2014 11:50 AM
Subject: RE: Hounslow's Response to your FOI Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing regarding your request for information dated 13 February 2014. You have requested the following:

a) The council authority, council officer and the name of that officer, who decides on what information on child neglect and abuse is collected and 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.

It is the Department for Education who decides what information on child neglect and abuse is collected and held by the Council. The Council is required by government to collect and submit statutory returns which are scrutinised by Ofsted and the Local Safeguarding Children's Board. This has an independent Chair and a range of partners and lay people on it.

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

The Child Protection Policies reflect statutory guidance including ‘Working Together’ and Pan London procedures The lead for Hounslow is the Head of Children’s Safeguarding and Quality Assurance, Paul Hewitt.

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 Local Children's Safeguarding Board and Ofsted

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?

In this request you refer to perpetrators of abuse whereas in your previous request you were referring to offenders, which the Council interpreted as meaning those who are prosecuted. Information on alleged perpetrators is contained within the individual records for each of the children subject to a plan of protection. This would include the gender and familial relationship of alleged perpetrators.

Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, a local authority is not obliged to comply with a request for information (i.e. your previous request) if it estimates that the cost of complying exceeds the appropriate limit set by the Secretary of State and currently valued at £450 or 18 hours work. I estimate that the cost of acceding to that request would exceed this amount as information would have to be manually extracted from all individual records to provide this information. For the last full year 2012/13, this would relate to over 400 children.

Kind regards

Cynthia Muir

FOI/Business Implementation Officer

London Borough of Hounslow

----- Original Message -----
From: Cynthia.Muir@hounslow.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:56 PM
Subject: RE: Hounslow's Response to your FOI Request
Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing regarding your request for information dated 28 December 2013 received by this department on 2 January 2013. You have requested the following:

(a) The gender and (b) familial relationship 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.

You responded to the Council’s request for clarification by stating that what you want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. You are not asking for any information about the child victims. By substantiated child abuse cases you mean those who have been taken through the criminal justice system and found guilty of a child abuse offence.

This information is not held. Children's Services does not keep specific records relating to criminal justice outcomes on child abuse prosecutions. Children's Services are responsible for safeguarding children and this does not always entail a criminal prosecution. You would need to contact the Police and Crown Prosecution Service for this information.

Yours sincerely

Cynthia Muir

FOI/Business Implementation Officer

London Borough of Hounslow

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

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