UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2014 11:13 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Maria Dale,

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 -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:13 PM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear David

Thank you for your email which we received on the 30 December 2013 regarding Child abuse cases. Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I can advise that this Council is not responsible for Social Care. Therefore we do not hold the information you have requested. You may wish to contact:

Northern Health and Social Care Trust Headquarters
The Cottage
5 Greenmount Avenue
County Antrim
BT43 6DA
Tel: 028 9446 5211
Fax: 028 2563 3733

I trust that you will find the response satisfies the duty of disclosure imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, I would advise you that if you are unhappy with the response or if you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you have the right to seek a review of this matter by writing to:

The Chief Executive
Magherafelt District Council
50 Ballyronan Road
BT45 6EN

If after such a review you are still unhappy with the response, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who will undertake an independent review. The Information Commissioner may be contacted at the following address:

Information Commissioner's Officer
51 Adelaide Street

There is no charge for making an appeal.


Maria Dale
Policy and Development Officer
Magherafelt District Council

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

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

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.