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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Robin.Yu@rbkc.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act request (Ref: 2014-401) Response

Dear Robin Yu,

I believe the standard categories which are recorded according to Working Together 2013 (and every previous one since 1989) have not been changed, and only apply to children subject to CP plans. What I would like you to kindly tell me is (A) if the working together guidance actually requires Kensington and Chelsea Council to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or not & (B) if Kensington and Chelsea Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not what information was used?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Robin.Yu@rbkc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:01 AM
Subject: Freedom of Information Act request (Ref: 2014-401) Response

Dear Mr. Mortimer

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which we received on 17 March 2014, for information held by the Council. You requested:

Please will you kindly tell me what information the (A) Department for Education & (B) the London child protection procedures require the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (C) who your child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Children’s Services are required to collect information in relation to victims and perpetrators of abuse at a case level and there are clear procedures in place to record this information which are inspected by OFSTED. The child protection procedures also require information to be recorded and stored at an individual level.

The DfE requires Local Authorities to collate and submit data about numbers of children at risk of maltreatment, but not to collate numbers of perpetrators. The Police and Probation Service have a lead role in the management of adult offenders where there is a clear allegation or conviction of child abuse and we work closely with them.

The child protection procedures are designed to protect children from the risk of harm, that can happen in any setting but mostly within families.

Yours sincerely

Robin Yu

----- Original Message -----
From: Robin.Yu@rbkc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:13 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Act request (Ref: 2014-302) Response

Dear Mr. Mortimer

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which we received on 21 February 2014, for information held by the Council. You requested:

Please will you kindly tell me if Debbie Raymond's has made a formal written complaint about the way child abuse perpetrator information is collected by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council or not in the last 12 months?

Ms Raymond is new in post and has not questioned this to date

Yours sincerely

Robin Yu

----- Original Message -----
From: Robin.Yu@rbkc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2014 10:59 AM
Subject: Freedom of Information Act request (Ref: 2014-136) Response

Dear Mr. Mortimer

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which we received on 21 January 2014, for information held by the Council. You requested:

(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;

Debbie Raymond, Tri-Borough Head of Safeguarding is responsible for ensuring that information gathered is in line with the requirements of central government and local strategic priorities.

(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 interests of the public are represented through the scrutiny of elected members who review key elements of Child Protection data. Lay members sit on the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and are able to offer challenge. Freedom of information requests can also be submitted.

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

This is a corporate responsibility. Oversight is provided by Debbie Raymond, Tri-Borough Head of Safeguarding and the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.

(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 interests of the public are represented through the scrutiny of elected members who review the Child Protection data. Lay members sit on the Local Safeguarding and are able to offer challenge. Freedom of information requests can also be submitted.

(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?"

A wide range of data is collected by the Council in relation to child abuse and neglect. It would assist if a specific example could be provided to assist in providing an accurate answer.

Yours sincerely

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

----- Original Message -----
From: Robin.Yu@rbkc.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 2:23 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Act request (Ref: 2013-1284) Response

Dear Mr. Mortimer

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which we received on 28 December 2013, for information held by the Council. You requested:

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.

I confirm that we hold the information requested.

We are unable to process your request. This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the “appropriate limit” as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. Section 12 of FOIA makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit is set at £450; this represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days or 18 hours in locating, retrieving and extracting the information. It is difficult to estimate how long it will take to locate and extract this information but we believe this will easily exceed the appropriate limit.

The request would require interrogation of all electronic case files for children who have been subject to a child protection plan in the past year and would not actually answer the question as it is framed. From April 2012 – March 2013, 100 Child Protection plans were in started in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council. Children become subject to a CP plan when concerns of significant harm are substantiated and the child is judged to be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm. Theoretically we could look at each case and determine where we consider the risk of that harm to be i.e. from a parent, but that is different to identification of "offenders in substantiated child abuse cases".

It is estimated that will take an officer approximately 30 minutes to review each file. As a result, it is estimated that it would cost £1250.00 to comply with your request.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

Yours sincerely

Robin Yu

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

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

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