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----- Original Message -----
From: CRTFOI@reading.gov.uk
To: david@ukfamilylawreform.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 5:22 PM
Subject: The response to your clarification question Mortimer

Dear Mr Mortimer

The answers to your clarification questions are:

Central Government sets the criteria for information collected regarding child abuse.
No

Neil Bullough

Customer Relations Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: david@ukfamilylawreform.co.uk
To: CRTFOI@reading.gov.uk
Cc: Susan.Roddy@reading.gov.uk; Neil.Bullough@reading.gov.uk
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2014 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Martyn Tarry,

(1) Please will you kindly tell me who set the criteria for what types of child abuse information is collected & held by Reading Borough Council?

(2) Please will you also tell me if Mrs Karen Reeve has made a formal complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Reading Borough Council in the last 12 months?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: CRTFOI@reading.gov.uk
To: david@ukfamilylawreform.co.uk
Cc: Susan.Roddy@reading.gov.uk; Neil.Bullough@reading.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:16 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email of 16 January 2014.

Mr Barber is quite right in that Local Safeguarding Children Boards are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Mr Barber is also right in the reference he gave you to that Act, and if you look at Section 3 and Schedule 1 you will see that only public authorities that are listed there are subject to the Act.

Reading Borough Council is a local public authority and is subject to the Act, but not where it holds information on behalf of someone else who is not subject to the Act, such as the LSCB.

We can respond to your request for information only as Reading Borough Council, and in respect of information that we hold for the Council.

I believe that you have received a response to your most recent request on the 9th of January from one of my colleagues, Mr Neil Bullough.

If there are any aspects of the work the LSCB do for Reading Borough Council, or if you have any queries regarding a specific area, then the Head of Children's Social Care, Mrs Karen Reeve, will be happy to discuss these further with you. If you would like to speak to Mrs Reeve, then please contact her PA, Mrs Debbie Talbot, on 0118 937 2072, who will be able to arrange this for you.

Yours sincerely

Martyn Tarry

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: stephenj.barber@btinternet.com
Cc: Esther.Blake@reading.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2014 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: Local Safeguarding Children Boards are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act?

Dear Stephen,

How can local authorities effectively protect children from abuse if they do not collect any information on child abuse perpetrators & who are their child protection policies designed to protect children from if they do not collect this information?

I have been told that there is a procedure to follow inorder to put things right & that will happen a lot quicker when people are simply willing to listen to good reason & do what they can to help by doing what needs to be done.

I think you should seek further advice about whether LSCB's are subject to the freedom of information act given that all public servants must be accountable to the public in a law abiding democratic society or it does not teach respect for them or the law.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: stephenj.barber@btinternet.com
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Esther.Blake@reading.gov.uk
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:26 PM
Subject: Re: Local Safeguarding Children Boards are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act?

Dear Dave

The LSCB is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 because it is not a public authority as defined by the Act. The link below will take you to the statute, in which see Section 3 and Schedule 1.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/content

Our latest annual report has now been posted on our website, and in it you will find some figures which may be of interest. However, I should remind you that the Board is made up of its partner agencies, who hold further statistics and most or all of which are public authorities within the terms of the statute. Information on criminal investigations is held by Thames Valley Police, on prosecutions and convictions by the Crown Prosecution Service. Sexual and some violent offenders are tracked through the MAPPA system, which published regular reports. I am sorry you think I did not answer your questions. I have tried to do so to the best of my ability.

Stephen Barber

Independent Chair, West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham LSCBs,

Greystones,

37 Lawton Avenue,

Carterton,

Oxon OX18 3JY

07867 978141

----- Original Message -----
From: Esther.Blake@reading.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: stephenj.barber@btinternet.com
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:03 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Mr Mortimer,

The latest Annual Report for the Reading Local Safeguarding Children Board is now available on the Reading Borough Council website via this link: http://www.reading.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/professionals--hub/localsafeguardingchildrenboard/local-safeguarding-children-board-minutes-and-key-/, or via the link under my contact details below. The report is the first in the list of documents.

Regards

Esther Blake

Business Manager - Reading Safeguarding Children Board & Children's Trust Partnership

Reading Borough Council

0118 937 3269 / x73269

Working hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00-4:30pm

http://www.reading.gov.uk/lscb

http://www.reading2020.org.uk/childrens-trust/

Berkshire Local Safeguarding Children Boards Child Protection Procedures available on line http://berks.proceduresonline.com/index.htm

If you need an urgent response please contact the Reading LSCB Coordinator Tracy Fenty Tel: 0118 9374354

----- Original Message -----
From: stephen.barber@oxford.anglican.org
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:39 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Dave

You wrote to me at my Oxford Diocese email address where I also have a role. I am, however, also chair of the Reading Local Safeguarding Children Board. In that capacity I need to let you know that the Board, as distinct from its partner agencies, is not subject to Freedom of Information legislation. We collect a wide range of statistics and publish them in our annual report. (I note that the latest one is not yet up on the website, so I shall deal with that.) But these figures relate to children who have been considered to be possibly or actually at risk, as distinct from statistics on those who they may be at risk from. Furthermore, only a small minority of cases proceed to either care proceedings, to protect the child, or criminal proceedings, to prosecute perpetrators. Decision to prosecute are taken by the police in cooperation with the Crown Prosecution Service and of course not all cases which are considered for prosecution reach it and not all which reach prosecution achieve a conviction. We do not have a role on the effectiveness of the prosecution process so do not ourselves collect statistics on this. You can see our duties if you look at the latest version of the relevant guidance:

http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00213160/working-together-to-safeguard-children

Stephen Barber,
Independent Chair,
West Berks, Reading and Wokingham LSCBs,
Greystones, 37 Lawton Avenue,
Carterton, Oxon. OX18 3JY
07867 978141

From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 10 January 2014 17:37
To: stephen.barber@oxford.anglican.org
Subject: Freedom of Information Request

Dear Stephen Barber,

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 Reading 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.

What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence. What I mean by child is those under the age of 18 years of age. What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims.

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: CRTFOI@reading.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Martyn.Tarry@reading.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 5:26 PM
Subject: RE: Your FOI Response Mortimer

Dear Mr Mortimer

The name of the person in charge of Reading’s Local Safeguarding Children Board is Stephen Barber. He is the Independent Chair. The website is http://www.reading.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/professionals--hub/localsafeguardingchildrenboard/

Yours sincerely

Neil Bullough

----- Original Message -----
From: CRTFOI@reading.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2014 12:01 PM
Subject: Your FOI Response Mortimer

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

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.

You defined substantiated as meaning: child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence.

Our response is as follows:

The Council’s children’s social care’s ‘primary’ client is the child or children in child protection cases and as such the database records data are by and about the child. Although Reading Borough Council may hold data by child about any related offender we do not store the data in such a way that enables us to run a report that focuses purely on linked adult offenders.

Also we do not always know if an adult has been through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence because the Council is not the body that progresses alleged offenders through the court/prosecution process. There is no requirement for the Crown Prosecution Service to inform the local authority. It would therefore require a manual check on every child’s record and may not be held on that child’s record for the reason previously stated.

We are unable to provide you with the information as it is not readily available. The work necessary to interrogate the system to obtain this information would place the cost of responding to your request above the appropriate limit set by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, issued under Sections 9, 12 and 13 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and therefore there is no obligation on the Council to provide the information.

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own personal purposes or for non-commercial research, private study or news reporting. However, you do not have the right to re-use the information in a way which infringes copyright, for example, by distributing, making copies of or publishing the information, without the permission of the copyright holder, which in most cases will be Reading Borough Council. If you wish to obtain permission for such use, please contact Mr C Brooks, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, at Reading Borough Council.

Please note that your request may itself be the subject of a FOI request and will be disclosed in that event.

Yours sincerely

Neil Bullough

neil.bullough@reading.gov.uk

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

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