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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 5:17 PM

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Please see the response below provided by our service area to your additional questions:

A) There are a number of pieces of legislation relevant to children’s safeguarding. There are no specific legislative requirements on the local authority to keep a record of any adults convicted of crimes against children. The local authority are informed if an adult convicted of a crime against a child has contact with children but no centralised list is kept of adults.

B) Legislation governing the work we complete is aimed at a number of needs of children one of which includes safeguarding.

I hope that this information will be of assistance to you.

Kind regards

Sarah Jobling

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: UNCLASSIFIED: FR4554

Dear Sarah Jobling,

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

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 3:44 PM

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 28th December 2013, received by us on 30th December 2013. Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is detailed below in italics with our response in bold.

(Please note the extract below has been taken directly from your original information request and is unedited).

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.

Our Response

The Freedom of Information Team has been provided with the following information in response to your recent request on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council (NCC).

Information matching the criteria and parameters of your request is not held and recorded in a format that would enable us to extract the level of detail you require.

I have estimated that the time it will take to undertake the necessary search, retrieval and preparation work that will enable us to respond to the request you have made will exceed the fee limit as set out in the Appropriate Limit and Fees Regulations. Therefore, the Council is not obliged to provide a response as we are claiming exemption under s12 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and I will not be processing your request further.

For information purposes, the fee limit set down by the Regulations is £450.00 and in our case this equates to a maximum of 18 hours’ of search and retrieval time. In order to comply with your request it would be necessary to undertake an individual trawl through all of our files and it has been estimated that this would take us in excess of the 18 hours set down under FOIA 2000.

Additionally, our reports are all child centred so we do not have anything to report on the offender. We hold data regarding the number of children subject to Child Protection Plans and the category of abuse. What is not recorded against this data is if there has been a substantiated case of abuse against a family member.

The Police are more likely to hold records of abuse leading to a successful prosecution and if this is attributable to a family member. There is also an added complication that there will be prosecutions that NCC social care will not know the outcome of.

Therefore, in accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal to release the information you have requested, however, we hope the information provided is of some assistance to you.

Section 12-Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

Section 1 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

Kind regards

Robin Parr

Information Governance Officer

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