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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Lorraine.Brown@midlothian.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 6:54 PM
Subject: Re: FOI Enquiry

Dear Lorraine Brown,

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: Lorraine.Brown@midlothian.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:20 AM
Subject: RE: FOI Enquiry

Dear Mr Mortimer

My apologies, perhaps I am misunderstanding the information you are looking for.

Midlothian Council follows Lothian and Borders Child Protection procedures which are based on national guidance. Perpetrators of child abuse are dealt with through the Police or the Procurator Fiscal.

There is an information sharing protocol with regard to adult perpetrators which are discussed at forums such as Initial Review Discussions and Child Protection Case Conferences and the reason that a child is placed on the Child Protection Register will be recorded at this meeting, ie drug and alcohol abuse, neglect, sexual abuse etc. All decisions regarding any such perpetrators of abuse of children would be discussed in a multi-agency setting and where appropriate information on the adult perpetrator(s) of any type of abuse/neglect would be held on an electronic file and on that basis it would be difficult to provide the information you have requested as it is intrinsically linked to the child’s file.

I hope the above clarifies the position.

Yours sincerely

Lorraine Brown

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Lorraine.Brown@midlothian.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: FOI Enquiry

Dear Lorraine Brown,

Are you telling me Midlothian Council's Child protection policies are based on information about children & not the perpetrators of child abuse?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Lorraine.Brown@midlothian.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 3:22 PM
Subject: RE: FOI Enquiry

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your email I can confirm that (a) is none and (b) is children.

I trust the above information has answered your query.

Yours sincerely

Lorraine Brown

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Lorraine.Brown@midlothian.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:58 AM
Subject: Re: FOI Enquiry

Dear Lorraine Brown,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the legislation & regulations require Midlothian Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Lorraine.Brown@midlothian.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:29 AM
Subject: FOI Enquiry

Dear Mr Mortimer

I refer to your email received on 28 December 2013 in which you have requested, under FOISA, information on the gender and familial relationship between child victims and offenders in substantiated child abuse cases.

I regret to advise that we are unable to answer your query as this information is not held by the Council. The Court Service does not advise local authorities of the outcome of cases. Any queries in this respect should be directed to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

I regret that we have been unable to assist you on this occasion. An applicant who is dissatisfied with the way in which Midlothian Council has dealt with his/her request for information under Section 1(1) of the FOISA may, by virtue of Section 20 of the FOISA, require Midlothian Council to review its actions and decisions in relation to that request. I have attached for your information a copy of Midlothian Council’s Complaints Procedure under the FOISA

Yours sincerely

Hamish Fraser

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

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