UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: Samir.Kamil@towerhamlets.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: ESCW.InformationGovernance@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:13 PM
Subject: FOI 9885 child neglect and abuse is collected

Dear David Mortimer

Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

(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;

The core of the information held about individual children and young people is as required for the purposes of the annual statutory return to the DfE, which provides an over view of that information across all cases dealt with during the course of the year. Additional information is collected and summarised in accordance with decisions made by the departmental management team / Local Safeguarding Children Board. Since the collection and reporting of that information is a statutory function, it is the responsibility of the statutory director. For Tower Hamlets, that is Robert McCulloch-Graham, Corporate Director, Education, Social Care and Well-Being.

(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 statutory director is held to account by the elected members of the council who are acting on behalf of members of the public.

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

Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Children Board and its member agencies have agreed to abide by the Pan London Child Protection Procedures.

(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;

It is the responsibility of the statutory director to ensure that there are proper policies and procedures in place; see the answer to (b) above.

(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?"

Not applicable - information is collected.

Yours sincerely

Samir Kamil

Education, Social Care and Wellbeing Directorate

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Jane.Jones@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:48 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Jane,

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: Jane.Jones@towerhamlets.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:29 AM
Subject: FOI 9726 Child victimes of offenders 23/01 s:9726

Dear Sir

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000: FOI 9726 Child victims of offenders

Your request for information has been considered by the council and unfortunately your request cannot be met on this occasion.

The exemption applied under the Act is Section 12 – Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit. The information you have requested is not held in a format that will allow us to easily extract the information you are looking for. In order to gather the information requested it will require a council officer to go through all cases on our case management system and read through all files, which will take a significant amount of council time.

It is estimated that the cost of locating and retrieving the information requested calculated according to the government’s Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004 would be significantly in excess of the upper limit of £450 set in the Regulations.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this email acts as a Refusal Notice.

You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the cost to below this upper limit

I am sorry that your request is not being met on this occasion.

Yours faithfully

Jane Jones
Information Governance Administrative Officer
Legal Services
6th Floor
Mulberry Place
London E14 2BG
0207 364 4736
jane.jones@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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.