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Dear Mr Mortimer
Your request for information has been considered and is below.
There are different ways of interpreting ‘substantiated child abuse cases’. For the purposes of responding to your email we have considered substantiated as relating to children subject to child protection plan. All of these children are deemed by the multi agency child protection conference to have suffered or to be at significant risk of suffering harm. In some instances a person (familial or otherwise) may have been charged with an offence by the Police.
These are the number at the end of February 2013 (reporting year is April to March).
A number of children are made subject to interim care orders each year (53 to the end of January 2013). This would be an indication of serious welfare concerns and might reflect a range of difficulties relating to child abuse. However, children’s records do not hold all information in reportable format and we are unable to answers some questions. Your query about familial relationships and gender falls into this category.
Additionally as our numbers are small if there had been press interest in a particular case, to provide potentially identifiable information concerning the offender could lead to the child being identified.
If you wish to amend your query we will review our response in the light of that.
Dear Mr Mortimer
Elaine Coleridge-Smith is the Independent Chair of the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board. Her contacts details are firstname.lastname@example.org
As previously stated FOIs are dealt with by the local authority on behalf of the Safeguarding Children Board. Any requests to the SCB will be passed to the local authority.
The Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care has again reviewed this and earlier responses to your freedom of information requests and is of the view that this response concludes our response to your FOI request.