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Dear Claire Wardlaw,
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.
Dear Mr Mortimer
I refer to your request for information dated 28 December 2013.
The information you requested was:-
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.
Relative to the above, I am advised of the following:
The table below counts those young people who were the subject of a Child Protection Initial Case Conference and had areas of concern of Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse and Sexual Abuse cited as an element of the reason(s) for placing the Children on the Register. Children may be duplicated across a number of areas of concern.
Child Him/Herself was Known/Suspected Perpetrator <5
Please note that figures have been withheld where they relate to less than 5 as individuals may be identified from the statistics provided. Accordingly, an exemption in terms of Section 38(1)(b) and Section 38 (2)(a)(i) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 has been applied in respect of the information withheld.
The information is personal information as defined by Section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998.
The individuals concerned have not given their consent to the information being disclosed to the person making the request.
Disclosure of the information, and any other information which is likely to come into the possession of the person making the request; would lead to disclosing personal information relating to another individual who can be identified from that information. The release of this personal information would contravene data protection principles.
Specifically the information is exempt under Sections 38(1)(b) with reference to Section 38(2)(a)(i) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, release of information that would breach data protection principles.
The principles breached would be:-
Principle 1, fairly and lawfully processed: Release of the information would breach this principle as individuals had no expectation or understanding that this personal information would be released to the public.
Principle 2, processed for limited purposes: Release of the information would breach this principle as the purpose of obtaining and recording the personal information was not to release the information to the public.
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