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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foiixpr@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:03 PM
Subject: Re: FOI20140121 - Request acknowledgement

Dear Rachel-Marie Wilson,

Please will you kindly tell me why Portsmouth City Council do not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators & who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foiixpr@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:30 AM
Subject: FOI20140121 - Request acknowledgement

Dear Dave

Further to your email of the 8 March 2014, the following response has been provided by our Children's Social Care Service:

Safeguarding Monitoring Commissioning Manager confirms:

If there is a failure to protect a child, there would be an internal or multi-agency review and individual practitioners may be held accountable if there were considered to be professional failings requiring internal disciplinary processes. Ultimately the Director of Children's Services has responsibility for the performance of the Local Authority as lead agency in child protection work. Details of perpetrators are given to us from the police and probation if they are considered to pose a risk to children and we review risk management plans alongside other agencies under the MAPPA (Multi agency Public Protection Arrangements).

Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Rachel-Marie Wilson

Portsmouth City Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foiixpr@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2014 2:12 PM
Subject: Re: FOI20140121 - Request acknowledgement

Dear Helen Magri/Peter Harding,

(1) Please will you kindly confirm in your reply if you are saying that 'no individual' who is employed to protect children by Portsmouth City Council can be held personally accountable by a member of the public when they fail to protect children?

(2) Please will you also tell me why Portsmouth City Council does not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators & who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: foiixpr@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2014 2:53 PM
Subject: FOI20140121 - Request acknowledgement

Dear David Mortimer,

Thank you for your request for information received on 2 February 2014, which was considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In accordance with the Act, Portsmouth City Council confirms it holds the information.

Your request

1. 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;

There are national requirements on the child protection data that Local Authorities are required to submit. In addition, local performance information is agreed by the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board. This is a multi-agency partnership responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of child protection services across the partnership.

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

The Local Authority and the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board are held accountable through the inspection framework

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

The policies have been developed by the 4 LSCB's, Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in partnership with a commissioned provider who supports the updating of them on behalf of the multi-agency partnerships across the 4 areas.

http://www.4lscb.org.uk/

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

There is no one individual responsible. See c)

5. 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?"

There are comprehensive policies and data to support child protection work in Portsmouth

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Helen Magri/Peter Harding

Corporate Information Governance Officers

----- Original Message -----
From: foiixpr@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:12 AM
Subject: FOI20131067

Dear Mr David Mortimer,

Thank you for your request for information received on 30/12/2013, which was considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In accordance with the Act, Portsmouth City Council confirms it holds the information which has been provided by our Children's Social Care and Safeguarding Service. Please accept our apologies for the delay for our response.

The question on "familial relationship" is only something we can do manually so that would require a review of 200 cases and falls outside the scope of what we can provide. This would take a minimum of 33 hours and is not in scope. It is not that the information is not known, it is just not reportable in a reasonable timescale.

Therefore we are able to confirm that Portsmouth City Council does hold the information requested, however we have estimated that the cost to locate, retrieve and extract it will exceed the appropriate limit given in Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act (£450.00 or 18 hours of officer time. Consequently the Council is not obliged to comply with your request and, in accordance with Section 17 of the Act, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

We apologise that this part of your request will not be met but we invite you to contact us should you wish to discuss how it may be refined to a more manageable level.

Category of Abuse
Gender
Total
EMOTIONAL ABUSE
Female
48
  Male
61
EMOTIONAL ABUSE Total
  109
NEGLECT
Female
127
  Male
130
unborn babies   4
NEGLECT Total
  261
PHYSICAL ABUSE
Female
10
  Male
6
PHYSICAL ABUSE Total
  16
SEXUAL ABUSE
Female
11
  Male
4
SEXUAL ABUSE Total
  15
Grand Total
  401

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Helen Magri/Peter Harding

Corporate Information Governance Officers

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

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