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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: MikeTrigg@monmouthshire.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2014 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act. 13746

Dear Mike Trigg,

Please will you kindly tell me:

1) "(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; "is "The Council's Chief Officer for Social Care and Health is Mr. Simon Burch." and "The Acting Head of Children's Services is Ms Tracy Jelfs."

2) Does "The Council operates the statutory Social Services Complaints Policy applicable in Wales". mean, the Wales equivalent of "The Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009".

If so, please could you provide reference to the same as "(b) the means by which that person [Mr. Burch and Ms Jeffs] is held to account by a member of the public for their performance in discharging that public function;".

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: MikeTrigg@monmouthshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 2:05 PM
Subject: FW: Request for information under the freedom of information act. 13746

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The information you requested is as follows:

(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;

The Council's Chief Officer for Social Care and Health is Mr Simon Burch. The Acting Head of Children's Services is Ms Tracy Jelfs.

All policies are approved by Monmouthshire County Council and are formulated in line with national guidance relevant to Wales.

Qualified Social Workers will also make decisions on individual cases based on the policies and guidance.

(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;

The Council operates the statutory Social Services Complaints Policy applicable in Wales. Like all other Councils, we are also subject to audit and inspection processes.

(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;

See (a) above.

(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;

See (b) above.

(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 perpetration?"

The Council properly collects and records information on child abuse in accordance with statutory processes such as the All Wales Child Protection Procedures.

Your question therefore appears to be asking us to speculate about what would happen if the Council did not follow the procedures which we are obliged to follow. We hold no information relevant to this question other than that provided above.

If you are dissatisfied with the way the Council has handled your request for information, you can request a review by writing to the Council's Chief Executive, Paul Matthews at PO Box 106, Caldicot, NP26 9AN (PaulMatthews@monmouthshire.gov.uk). If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner’s Office

2nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Telephone: 02920 678400

Email: wales@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Fax: 02920 678399

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Regards,

Mike Trigg,
Data Protection and FoI Officer

http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/

----- Original Message -----
From: MikeTrigg@monmouthshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:51 AM
Subject: FW: Request for information under the freedom of information act. 13633

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Unfortunately, we do not hold details of "offenders", as this is a matter of criminal law, and so are unable to provide any information for your request. It is possible that police forces may hold the information and may be able to help you. The local police force for this area can be contacted via foi@gwent.pnn.police.uk. However, if you require information from other areas, you may need to contact other police forces.

If you are dissatisfied with the way the Council has handled your request for information, you can request a review by writing to the Council's Chief Executive, Paul Matthews at PO Box 106, Caldicot, NP26 9AN (PaulMatthews@monmouthshire.gov.uk). If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner’s Office

2nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Telephone: 02920 678400

Email: wales@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Fax: 02920 678399

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Regards,

Mike Trigg,
Data Protection and FoI Officer

-----Original Message-----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 28 December 2013 10:40
Subject: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Monmouthshire Council

Request for information under the freedom of information act.

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.

David Mortimer

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.