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----- Original Message -----
From: Claire.Gummer@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Andrew.S.Wilkins@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:30 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your email below, I have been informed that Welsh Government requires each Local Authority in Wales to collect and submit annual data regarding the Child Protection Register, this includes number of children registered, by age, gender, and category of registration i.e. Physical Abuse, Neglect, Sexual Abuse, Emotional abuse or a combination of these categories. This data is published annually by Welsh Government and can be found via the Welsh Government’s Stats Wales Website (https://statswales.wales.gov.uk)

Yours sincerely

Claire Gummer

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Claire.Gummer@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
Cc: Andrew.S.Wilkins@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 4:46 PM
Subject: Re: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Claire Gummer,

(A) Please will you kindly tell me if the Welsh Government only requires the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to collect & hold information on child abuse and neglect?

(B) When you say " Information collected on child abuse and neglect is largely determined by Welsh Government and also by guidance" can you tell me if that guidance requires or recommends information on any other types of abuse should be collected & held by the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council or not?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Claire.Gummer@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Andrew.S.Wilkins@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 3:38 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your request for information in the email below, the Authority's response is as follows:

• Information collected on child abuse and neglect is largely determined by Welsh Government and also by guidance. It is not the responsibility of a single officer within the Council.

• Elected members represent local people on the Council and hold officers to account for delivering their collective responsibilities. The Council supplies data to Welsh Government regarding child abuse and neglect. All Wales data is published on an annual basis.

• The Council operates to the All Wales Child Protection Procedures. The Local Safeguarding Children a statutory body has responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness of how local agencies work together to safeguard and protect the welfare of children.

• The Council's Children’s Services is inspected by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales.

Yours sincerely

Claire Gummer
Corporate Governance Team
Legal & Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taff C.B.C.

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Claire.Gummer@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 12:55 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Claire Gummer,

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: Claire.Gummer@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Andrew.S.Wilkins@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 12:39 PM
Subject: Request for information under the freedom of information act

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your Freedom of Information Request in respect of child
abuse, unfortunately, we are unable to provide the information that you
have requested. This is because the total costs of providing the
information will exceed the "appropriate limit" as stated in the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004.

We do not record information in respect of perpetrators of child abuse
cases in a way that it can be extracted and analysed electronically. It
would take a significant amount of time to gather the information as
each case would need to be researched to provide you with an accurate
record.

Therefore, in accordance with Section 17 of the Act this e-mail as a
formal Refusal Notice.

As you may be aware you have a right of appeal against this decision. If
you wish to exercise this right please set out in writing your grounds
and send your appeal to the Council's Corporate Feedback Co-ordinator.
Her name is Mrs. Christine Macey and she may be reached at
Chris.Macey@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk or on 01443 424076.

Additionally you may, if you wish, find out more about the Act from the
Information Commissioner at http://www.ico.gov.uk/

Yours sincerely

Claire Gummer
Corporate Governance Team
Legal & Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taff C.B.C.

-----Original Message-----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 28 December 2013 10:41
To: Freedomofinformation
Subject: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Request for information under the freedom of information act.

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.

David Mortimer

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

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