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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@peterborough.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2014 2:36 PM
Subject: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST - FOI-14-0322

Dear Kirsty Jones,

Please will you kindly tell me what statutory right Peterborough City Council use to refer a person who has not been convicted of anything if there is no mention of any referral of a person to any register in either Section 17 or 47 of the Children's Act?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@peterborough.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 2:50 PM
Subject: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST - FOI-14-0322

Dear Sir / Madam,

Your request for information has now been considered and the information requested is given below. Please see below under ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

What information the legislation & regulations require Peterborough City Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Peterborough City Council’s Children’s Social Care Department is fully compliant with HM Government Statutory Guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children”- a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children March 2013.

A number of agencies have responsibility for supervising adults who pose a risk of harm to children including the Probation Service, the Prison Service and the Police.

Such adults will have been convicted of offences against a child as listed in Schedule 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.

There is a clear notification process in place in which the above agencies have a duty to notify the Local Authority under section 11 duties contained within the statutory guidance as referenced above.

In some circumstances an individual might reasonably be regarded as posing a risk to children without a conviction. For instance, where there been a number of allegations from unconnected victims or repeated acquittals, particularly for reasons of legal procedure or where the vulnerability of the victim is a significant factor.

Where such concerns exist about an individual’s behaviour or lifestyle may give cause for concern about how this impacts on children, a referral for assessment is made to Peterborough’s Social Care Department under Section 17 or section 47 of the Children Act 1989.

More information is publically available such as Working Together 2013, The Children Act 1989, and the Ministry of Justice/HM Prison Service Public Protection Manual 2009 which the following links may be helpful:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/41/contents

http://www.justice.gov.uk/offenders/public-protection-manual

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

I believe the standard categories which are recorded according to Working Together 2013 (and every previous one since 1989) have not been changed, and only apply to children subject to CP plans.

What I would like you to kindly tell me is:

(A) if the working together guidance actually requires Peterborough City Council to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or not

Please see the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children;

(B) if Peterborough City Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not what information was used?

All of Peterborough City Councils safeguarding policies are based on current statutory guidance and legislation of which Working Together 2013 is a part of.

If you have any queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully

Kirsty Jones

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@peterborough.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:53 PM
Subject: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST - FOI-14-0322

Dear Sir / Madam,

Your request for information has now been considered and the information requested is given below.

What information the legislation & regulations require Peterborough City Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Peterborough City Council’s Children’s Social Care Department is fully compliant with HM Government Statutory Guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children”- a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children March 2013.

A number of agencies have responsibility for supervising adults who pose a risk of harm to children including the Probation Service, the Prison Service and the Police.

Such adults will have been convicted of offences against a child as listed in Schedule 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.

There is a clear notification process in place in which the above agencies have a duty to notify the Local Authority under section 11 duties contained within the statutory guidance as referenced above.

In some circumstances an individual might reasonably be regarded as posing a risk to children without a conviction. For instance, where there been a number of allegations from unconnected victims or repeated acquittals, particularly for reasons of legal procedure or where the vulnerability of the victim is a significant factor.

Where such concerns exist about an individual’s behaviour or lifestyle may give cause for concern about how this impacts on children, a referral for assessment is made to Peterborough’s Social Care Department under Section 17 or section 47 of the Children Act 1989.

More information is publically available such as Working Together 2013, The Children Act 1989, and the Ministry of Justice/HM Prison Service Public Protection Manual 2009 which the following links may be helpful:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/41/contents

http://www.justice.gov.uk/offenders/public-protection-manual

If you have any queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully

Kirsty Jones

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@peterborough.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:41 PM
Subject: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST - FOI-13-1108

Dear Sir / Madam,

Your request for information has now been considered:

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.

Unfortunately we do not hold the information.

However, the information you request may be held by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

The contact details are:

http://www.cambs.police.uk/contactus/

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully

Kirsty Jones

http://www.peterborough.gov.uk

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

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