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----- Original Message -----
From: cypsfoi@northyorks.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:02 PM
Subject: RE: Please accept this message as a official request for information. N7819

Dear Mr Mortimer

CYPS Freedom of Information Request N7819

Thank you for your FOI request of 27 January 2014. Please find below our response to your request:

(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;

- North Yorkshire County Council, Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care, Judith Hay

(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;

- Elected Members including Lead Member for Children’s Services and Scrutiny Committees

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

- North Yorkshire County Council, Head of Safeguarding , Vicky Metheringham

(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;

- Elected Members including Lead Member for Children’s Services and Scrutiny Committees

(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?"

Not Applicable in North Yorkshire

Yours sincerely

Marion Sadler

Business Support Manager (Leadership Support – Children and Young People’s Service)

North Yorkshire County Council

marion.sadler@northyorks.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: cypsfoi@northyorks.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 1:46 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Marion Sadler,

Please will you kindly tell me :

(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;

(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;

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

(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;

(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 perpetratration?"

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: cypsfoi@northyorks.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 1:41 PM
Subject: CYPS FOI Request N7700

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your emails of 28 December 2013 and 16 January 2014 requesting information about offenders in substantiated child abuse cases who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence.

I can confirm that whilst we may hold hold this information unfortunately it is not in an easily retrievable format nor is there an automated mechanism that would allow us to easily collate the requested data. In order to obtain this information the Council would have to check and read every Child Protection case on our Integrated Children’s System and then make a decision as to whether it relates to your FOI request. To undertake this task for one year’s records would mean accessing around 1,000 individual Child Protection cases.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 states that the Council is not obliged to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the costs of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 has set the appropriate limit as £450, based on a charge at £25 per hour.

The appropriate limit equates to one person spending 18 hours on the following actions:

determining whether the Council holds the information requested, and
locating, retrieving and extracting the information requested.

Unfortunately the large amount of work required to respond to your request, as described above, would exceed this limit. Consequently the Council is not obliged to respond to your request.

If you are able to narrow the scope of your request, we would be happy to consider whether we could respond to a revised request in under 18 hours. Any reformulated request will be treated as a new FOI request.

Please find attached the Council’s appeals procedure for your information.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Marion Sadler

marion.sadler@northyorks.gov.uk

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

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