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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI@merthyr.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: FOI 3004

Dear Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council,

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: FOI@merthyr.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:17 PM
Subject: FOI 3004

Dear Sirs

We have considered your request and provide the following information:

Please will you kindly tell me

a. what information the legislation & regulations require Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators

The relevant legislation is the Children Act 1989 and associated regulations, The Children Act 2004 and associated regulations and The adoption and Children Act 2002 parts 2 & 3 and associated regulations. The relevant statutory guidance for Wales is ‘Safeguarding Children: working together under the Children Act 2004’, the ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families’ and the Welsh government requirements on local government for the ‘Integrated Children’s System’. Under Section 83 of the Children Act 1989 and Section 141 subsection (2) of the Local Government Act 1972 Welsh government also issue requirements to local authorities in Wales in respect of data collection and performance management on an annual basis. The Local Safeguarding Children Board (Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board) has a reporting framework based on these which, as a member of the board, Merthyr Tydfil contributes to.

The documents and legislation referred to above are public documents and can be found online at http://www.legislation.gov.uk or http://www.wales.gov.uk

b. who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Please read the following quote from Introduction to the Procedures:

“The procedures provide common standards to guide child protection practice for every Local Safeguarding Children Board in Wales. They provide a framework within which individual child protection referrals, actions, decisions and plans are made and carried out. They are an integral part of the agenda for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The procedures are based on the fundamental principle that the protection of children from harm is the responsibility of all individuals and agencies working with children and families, and with adults who may pose a risk to children. The effective protection of children cannot be achieved by single agency acting on its own. The procedures clarify how individuals and agencies should communicate and work together effectively in partnership in order to identify vulnerable children, keep them safe from abuse and neglect, and, improve outcomes for them.”

Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information Officer
for LEGAL AND DEMOCRATIC SERVICE MANAGER

http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: FOI@merthyr.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:50 PM
Subject: FOI 3004

Dear Sirs

We have considered your request and provide the following information:

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 – 1 case

a. female b. parent

(ii) emotional abuse - 0 cases

(iii) sexual abuse – 0 cases

(iv) cases of neglect - 2 cases

a. female b. parent

Please note, for the purposes of this request we have defined substantiated as ‘proven in a criminal court’

Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information Officer
for LEGAL AND DEMOCRATIC SERVICE MANAGER

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

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