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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 3:42 PM
Subject: Re: Response to your Freedom of Information request

Dear Christine Hotson,

Please will you kindly tell me exactly what information is Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council actually required to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators by the current legislation & regulations?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:15 PM
Subject: Response to your Freedom of Information request

Dear Mr Mortimer

I refer to your request for information dated 12 March. Please see our response below.

Please can you tell me if

(A) Joyce Thacker has made a formal complaint to the Department for Education about the way child abuse perpetrator information is collected & held by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council?

Joyce Thacker, Strategic Director for Children and Young People’s Services has not made a complaint to the Department for Education (DfE).

(B) Who her child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Child Protection (Safeguarding Children) Procedures are intended to protect all children and young people in the borough from harm and all types of Child Abuse. The multi-agency procedures which provide the legislative, procedural and practice guidance for all staff across agencies can be found at:

http://rotherhamscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/contents.html

Yours sincerely,

Christine Hotson

----- Original Message -----
From: Freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:21 AM
Subject: Freedom Of Information Request (1235) - Response From Rotherham MBC

Dear Mr. Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information received on the 28 February 2014, please find detailed below the response from Rotherham MBC.

Request

(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;

The Strategic Director of Children & Young People's Services within Rotherham MBC is the officer who holds statutory responsibility for child protection services. This is Joyce Thacker, who delegates some of these responsibilities to the Director of Safeguarding, Children & Families.

(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;

The Strategic Director of Children & Young People's Services is directly accountable to the Lead Cabinet Member for Children & Young People's Services who is an elected official appointed by the Leader of the Council. Additionally, the HMI-Ofsted, also inspect and provide judgement on performance.

(c) the council authority, the council officer and the name of that officer, responsible for your child protection policies;

The Strategic Director of Children & Young People's Services within Rotherham MBC is the officer who holds statutory responsibility for child protection services. This is Joyce Thacker, who delegates some of these responsibilities to the Director of Safeguarding, Children & Families.

(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;

The Strategic Director of Children & Young People's Services is directly accountable to the Lead Cabinet Member for Children & Young People's Services, who is an elected official appointed by the Leader of the Council. Additionally, the HMI-Ofsted, also inspect and provide judgement on performance.

(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 perpetration?"

Given the officer named in (a) and (c) are the same person, this question is invalidated.

Yours Sincerely

Wayne Singleton

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

----- Original Message -----
From: Freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:25 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom Of Information Request (932) - Response From Rotherham MBC

Dear Mr Mortimer,

I have forwarded on your comments to our Children and Young Peoples Services and they have responded by advising that :

As you are requesting information on perpetrators (and convictions specifically) this request should go to South Yorkshire Police.

I have attached below a link to the South Yorkshire Police FOI page

http://www.southyorks.police.uk/landing-page/foi

Yours Sincerely

Wayne Singleton

Records & Information Management Officer

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2014 4:49 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom Of Information Request (932) - Response From Rotherham MBC

Dear Wayne Singleton,

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: Freedomofinformation@rotherham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 8:53 AM
Subject: Freedom Of Information Request (932) - Response From Rotherham MBC

Dear Mr. Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information received on 28 December 2013, please find detailed below the response from Rotherham MBC.

Request

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

If there’s an allegation of abuse by a member of a child’s family there’s no ‘link’ made on the system between the abuser and the child which we can report on. The abuser may not have their information on record unless they were living with the child or the information was volunteered by the family or others.

To ascertain whether or not an allegation of abuse related to a family member, an officer would have to read the full case notes of every child who had been abused for the last full year. A preliminary assessment has been made and it is estimated that to provide this information would exceed the maximum cost as detailed in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to an internal review by the Council. Please contact us via the above email address or by post to Sarah Corbett, Information Governance Manager, Legal Services, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE.

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner. Contact details are: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Telephone 01625 545700. Alternatively go to http://www.ico.gov.uk/

Yours sincerely

Wayne Singleton

Records & Information Management Officer

Information Governance Unit

Legal Services

Resources Directorate

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

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

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