Free information index
Dear Mr Mortimer
I refer to your request for information dated 7th April 2014. In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I have now processed your request.
Q1) What information the current legislation & regulations require Norfolk County Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators?
Norfolk County Council will receive notifications from partner agencies on those convicted child abuse perpetrators whose details are required to be shared with the relevant authorities
Q2) If Norfolk County Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not what information was used?
Norfolk County Council adheres to Working Together guidance and the Children’s Act to formulate all policy and this information can be found on the NSCB website. http://www.nscb.norfolk.gov.uk/
Policies are developed in partnership with all agencies that sit on the board and this includes policy on allegations against people who work with children and in positions of trust.
Dear Mr Mortimer
I am writing to confirm that Norfolk County Council has now completed its search for the information you requested in your correspondence received on 13 March 2014.
Please can you tell me if :
Sheila Lock has made a formal complaint to the Department for Education about the way child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Norfolk County Council?
Sheila Lock has not made a complaint to the Department for Education about the way child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Norfolk County Council
Who her child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information (child abuse perpetrator information)?
The Child Protection Policies are developed by the Norfolk Safeguarding Children's Board. The council works as part of the Board and as such adheres to the joint agency policies.
Who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Norfolk County Council?
The Child Protection procedures are developed by the Norfolk Safeguarding Board which is a partnership - not an individual.
Dear Mr Mortimer
I refer to your request for information dated 30 December 2013. In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
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.
We asked for clarification of what you meant by offenders and you provided the following clarification:
What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence. What I mean by child is those under the age of 18 years of age. What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.
Your request for information will not be processed.
This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the "appropriate limit" of £450 as stated in the Freedom of Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004.
The records we hold are about children. Where we do hold information about perpetrators of abuse who have been through the criminal justice system it would be held on individual children’s files and not recorded centrally. Last year alone, Norfolk County Council accepted over 9000 children’s services referrals, to obtain the information requested Norfolk County Council would have to manually search through individual children's case files, at a conservative estimate of 15 minutes per record, it is estimated that it would cost over £56,000 to comply with your request.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.
You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the cost to within the "appropriate limit". Please contact me if you would like some advice on refining your request. Alternatively you may wish to put your request to Norfolk Constabulary who do hold information about Offenders