UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: FoIPeople@plymouth.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 9:25 AM
Subject: Freedom of Information request for response: CP Recording & Policies

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I am writing further to the Council’s previous correspondence dated 3 February 2014 regarding your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could you kindly supply me with the following:

Q1. 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;

A1. The local authority collects data on child abuse and neglect in line with nationally agreed data sets. Any additional data requirements are agreed by the Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care, Alison Botham.

Q2. the means by which that person is held to account by a member of the public for their performance in discharging that public function;

A2. The work of the Local Authority in collecting data is subject to scrutiny by Elected Members, in particular the Portfolio Holder.

In addition the Local Authority is held to account by OFSTED, who report directly to Parliament.

Q3. the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;

A3. Carole Burgoyne Strategic Director of People (Director of Children’s Services Designated).

In addition Plymouth City Council works to the South West Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures, which are agreed by the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board.

Q4. the means by which that person is held to account by a member of the public for their performance in discharging that public function;

A4. As above, Q2. Plymouth City Council also has Complaints and Representations and Whistleblowing Procedures.

Q5. how the function in Q3 is properly discharged and held accountable for policies which would best effectively protect children from abuse if the person referred to in Q1 does not collect any information on child abuse perpetration?"

A5. All staff are managed and appraised in post by their line manager, who must ensure that they are fulfilling the functions of their role. All social work staff are accountable for their practice, and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). There are a range of Human Resources procedures, including Disciplinary and Capability policies that can be actioned in relation to performance, linked to the key areas of each post contained within the relevant Role Profile

Yours sincerely,

Alison Botham

Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care

http://www.plymouth.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FoIPeople@plymouth.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2014 2:58 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Alison Botham,

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: FoIPeople@plymouth.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:54 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information request response

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I am writing further to the Council’s previous correspondence dated 3 January 2014 regarding your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Plymouth City Council Children’s Social Care Department does not record a breakdown of "substantiated child abuse cases". In order for us to extract this information from our files, we estimate that it would take in excess of the appropriate costs limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 – this is currently £450 which is equivalent to 18 hours of staff time. We are therefore unable to provide a breakdown of the additional information concerning these cases.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Botham

Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care

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

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

What is and who is behind the Family Law Reform Group?

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ukfamilylawreform/info

The Family Law Reform Group, as the name suggests, is a group specifically set up to campaign for UK family law reform. It is the brainchild of David Mortimer. David, a father who has been through the family court process and suffered many of the pitfalls and injustices of an outmoded legal system, has long campaigned for changes in family law to achieve justice for all, and in the hope and expectation that his sons’ sons and other fathers’ sons will never have to endure what he or they have done. That is the ethos of this Group – to build a better future for our children.

I became acquainted with David a number of years ago through a mutual contact while researching for the first edition of my legal handbook Fathers Matter. During this time I have observed his determination, perseverance and tenacity in bringing difficult and highly controversial family issues to the foreground, even though on numerous occasions it has brought him into conflict with those in a position of authority. Although David instigated the formation of the Group, he makes it very clear that he is just one part of it and the Group depends on the input of all its members to bring about radical reform which is its ultimate goal . The Group also provides support and information to anyone who needs it.

Celia Conrad, former specialist family lawyer and author of Fathers Matter.