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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2014 5:35 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Gwen Middleton,

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 -----
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 8:52 AM
Subject: F2013-1599 Relationship of offenders to victims in child abuse cases

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your request for information dated 28/12/2013 concerning familial relationship of offenders to victims in substantiated child abuse cases.

This is to inform you that your request has been considered and I can provide the following response:

We are unable to supply the relationship between victims and offenders as it would involve looking through each individual Child Protection file to ascertain this information and this would exceed the appropriate time limit which we have to deal with requests.. However, we can say that there are currently the following numbers of children on our Child Protection Register

physical abuse 18,
emotional abuse 28,
neglect 25,
sexual abuse 1.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, as detailed in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate limit) Regulations 2004.

The limit for public authorities is set at £450 which amounts to a maximum of 18 hours of search and retrieval time charged at £25.00 per person per hour.

The Regulations set out what may be taken into account when public authorities are estimating whether the appropriate limit has been exceeded. The costs are limited to those that an authority reasonably expects to incur in:

determining whether it holds the information requested
locating the information or documents containing the information
retrieving such information or documents
extracting the information from the document containing it (including editing or reformatting information)

We are therefore, unable on this occasion, to provide a response to your request, as the time required for officers to locate, retrieve and extract the data from information held would exceed the appropriate limit.

In accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are unable to provide you with all of the information you seek.

We believe that this request is now complete and shall be closed immediately. Should any further information be requested regarding this topic, a separate request will need to be submitted.

I would like to this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Powys County Council.

Yours sincerely,

Gwen Middleton

Senior Records & Compliance Assistant

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

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