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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: wellbeingcareandlearningfoi@newcastle.gov.uk
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2014 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Louise Appleby,

It will never be possible for local authorities to protect children from abuse until their child protection polices are evidence based but 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: wellbeingcareandlearningfoi@newcastle.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:25 AM
Subject: RE: FOI 6976

Dear David,

It’s a no to both.

Regards,

Louise

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: wellbeingcareandlearningfoi@newcastle.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2014 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: FOI 6976

Dear Louise Appleby,

Please will you kindly tell me if (A) Sue Kirkley or (B) any member of the local safeguarding children’s board have made a formal written complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected by Newcastle City Council in the last 12 months or not?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: wellbeingcareandlearningfoi@newcastle.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:28 PM
Subject: FOI 6976

Dear David,

I am writing in response to your request for information, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Question 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;

Answer a: Child protection performance information [on child abuse and neglect] is set at a national level through statutory guidance and key performance indicators, which all councils must follow and report on annually. Performance activity is undertaken by Newcastle City Council, Management Information Unit.

Question 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;

Answer b: All local authority performance information is published on the Department for Education website on an annual basis through the Department of Education. Ofsted and Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board provide scrutiny and challenge to Newcastle City Council and its partners on matters of performance.

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

Answer c: Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board is responsible for child protection procedures through its Policy and Procedure Committee. The Board commissions the organisation Tri-x to maintain and update its child protection procedures.

http://newcastlescb.proceduresonline.com/

Question 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;

Answer d: Scrutiny and challenge of the effectiveness of the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities is provided through the Council Chief Executive, Ofsted and through public scrutiny of its website, information and annual report.

Question 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?"

Answer e: Performance information and policy development is scrutinised through Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board at intervals throughout its business year and partners challenged accordingly.

Yours sincerely

Sue Kirkley

NSCB Coordinator

----- Original Message -----
From: wellbeingcareandlearningfoi@newcastle.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 3:40 PM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear David

I am writing in response to your request for information, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Question 1: 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.

Answer 1: We are unable to provide a response as we don’t routinely record convictions of offenders on our system and there is no way to retrieve this from the system. Information of this nature may be held by the Police.

Yours sincerely

Susan Kirkley

Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Co-ordinator

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

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

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