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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Debbie.Callender@walthamforest.gov.uk
Cc: Information.Officer@walthamforest.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 5:41 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Debbie Callender,

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: Debbie.Callender@walthamforest.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Information.Officer@walthamforest.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 5:16 PM
Subject: FW: Response to Freedom of Information Request - 2013-0882

Dear Mr Mortimer

RE: Child Protection

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’), which we received on 30th December 2013.

The wording of your request was as follows:

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

Response

The numbers subject to Child Protection by category is readily available through the national reporting

I can confirm that the Council does not hold the information that you requested with respect to the familiar relationship/gender to child victims of offenders by category of abuse and therefore, we are unable to comply with your request.

Debbie Callender

Families Business Support Officer

Families Directorate

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Debbie.Callender@walthamforest.gov.uk
Cc: Information.Officer@walthamforest.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: Response to Freedom of Information Request - David Mortimer - 2013-0882

Dear Debbie Callender,

What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence. What I mean by child is those under the age of 18 years of age. What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: Debbie.Callender@walthamforest.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Information.Officer@walthamforest.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 4:41 PM
Subject: Response to Freedom of Information Request - David Mortimer - 2013-0882

Dear Mr Mortimer,

RE: Child Protection

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’), which we received on 30th December 2013.

The wording of your request was as follows:

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

Response

The numbers subject to Child Protection by category is readily available through the national reporting

I can confirm that the Council does not hold the information that you requested with respect to the familiar relationship/gender to child victims of offenders by category of abuse and therefore, we are unable to comply with your request.

I trust that the above satisfies your enquiry. If you have any queries about this letter, please contact as below. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications:

Debbie Callender

Families Support Officer

debbie.callender@walthamforest.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.