UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: Freedom.Information@sutton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 5:50 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request Re: Child Neglect and Abuse Ref:F6181

Dear David Mortimer

I refer to your request for information received on 7 February 2014.

The London Borough of Sutton received this request on 21 January 2014. Below is the response provided on 30 January 2014.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could you kindly supply me with 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 & held by your council;

Policy on what information on child neglect and abuse is collected and held by the council is dictated by the central government Dept for Education and Ofsted as set out in statutory legislation. The Director of Children’s Services (DCS), as the Officer responsible for Child Protection in any given Local Authority, is then held to account to ensure this information is collected.

(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;

In addition to regular inspections by Ofsted, the DCS is held to account by the Lead Council Member for Children and Families and furthermore, by the Children, Families and Education Committee as whole. These are then held to account by the public through the regular local democratic process.

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

The DCS – Mr. Tolis Vouyioukas

(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;

See answer to question B.

(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?"

This is one and the same person. However, as made clear above, the DCS is supported and challenged both through local democratic processes and external inspecting organisations.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled you have the right to ask for an internal review. Please notify us in writing as soon as possible with the grounds upon which you feel the appeal is justified to : foi@sutton.gov.uk or by post to Corporate Customer Care Team, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1EA.

Yours sincerely

Ola Okoro

London Borough of Sutton

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Iain.Yates@sutton.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 1:56 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Iain Yates,

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: Iain.Yates@sutton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Freedom.Information@sutton.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 1:04 PM
Subject: RE: NEW Freedom of information request Ref F5988 deadline 27 January

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I refer to your request for information received on 30th Dec 2013 concerning gender and familial relationship of child abuse victims.

We have provided a breakdown in the table below of the gender and nature of the harm of those children open to social care in FY12/13. Where the number of children is below ten, we have suppressed the figure for data protection reasons. Furthermore, we are unable to provide figures on information on familial relationship between the child and those causing them harm as this would involve reading the details of each individual case, taking us over the prescribed time limit for an FOI.

Children open to LBS Social Care teams by Gender and Nature of Issue FY12/13

Category of Abuse
Female Male
Total
Emotional abuse
64
70
136
Multiple - Emotional & Physical abuse
Less than 10
Less than 10
16
Multiple - Neglect & Emotional abuse
Less than 10
Less than 10
Less than 10
Multiple - Neglect & Physical abuse
Less than 10
0 Less than 10
Multiple - Neglect & Sexual abuse
Less than 10
Less than 10
Less than 10
Neglect
42 48 90
Physical abuse
40 41 83
Sexual abuse
Less than 10 Less than 10
Less than 10
Total
169 171 340

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled you have the right to ask for an internal review. Please notify us in writing as soon as possible with the grounds upon which you feel the appeal is justified to : foi@sutton.gov.uk or by post to Corporate Customer Care Team, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1EA.

We aim to respond to you within 20 working days of receiving your request. If it is going to take longer we will let you know.

Should you still be dissatisfied with the outcome you have the right to refer to the Information Commissioner: http://www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Iain Yates

Policy and Performance Manager

Children, Young People & Learning Directorate

London Borough of Sutton

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.