UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: FOI@scotborders.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:55 AM
Subject: Response to Freedom of Information Request No. 6323 - Child Protection

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 relating to the above I am now able to respond.

a) Decisions regarding what information is made by the Scottish Borders Council Director of Social Work, Chief Social Worker, Critical Services Oversight Group (Chief Officers from NHS Borders, Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council) and the Scottish Borders Child Protection Committee can be found on the Scottish Government Website. The Scottish Borders Child Protection Committee has an inpendent Chair to aid accountability and leadership.

b) Both the Chief Social Work Officer (currently the Director of Social Work) and the Child Protection Committee publish an annual report which is shared with Scottish Borders Council Elected Members, Police Scotland Board and NHS Borders Board.

c) The Child Protection Committee members are responsible for policies and procedures. The Scottish Borders Child Protection procedures are based on the National Child Protection Guidance.

d) The Child Protection Committee is accountable to the Critical Services Oversight Group via the annual report as above in b)

e) n/a.

I hope you are happy with the information provided but have to advise that you have a right to request a review within 40 working days of receipt of this email. You should either e-mail FOI@scotborders.gov.uk or write to the Data Compliance Officer, Scottish Borders Council, Council HQ, Newtown St.Boswells TD6 0SA.

If after the Council’s FOI Advice Group have considered your review and you are still not happy with the decision you then have a right to appeal to the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St.Andrews, fife KY16 9DS.

Yours sincerely

Doreen Broom
Data Compliance Officer
Scottish Borders Council

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: FOI@scotborders.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 7:14 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Doreen Broom,

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: FOI@scotborders.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 2:56 PM
Subject: Response to Freedom of Information Request No. 6158 - Child Abuse Cases

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 relating to the above I am now able to respond.

I can advise that the information you are requesting will need to come from the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, web address below.

http://www.copfs.gov.uk/contact-us

As the information is otherwise accessible this is exempt under Section 25 of FOISA as the Council does not hold this information.

I hope you are happy with the information provided but have to advise that you have a right to request a review within 40 working days of receipt of this email. You should either e-mail FOI@scotborders.gov.uk or write to the Data Compliance Officer, Scottish Borders Council, Council HQ, Newtown St.Boswells TD6 0SA.

If after the Council’s FOI Advice Group have considered your review and you are still not happy with the decision you then have a right to appeal to the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St.Andrews, fife KY16 9DS.

Yours sincerely

Doreen Broom
Data Compliance Officer
Scottish Borders Council

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

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

What is and who is behind the Family Law Reform Group?

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ukfamilylawreform/info

The Family Law Reform Group, as the name suggests, is a group specifically set up to campaign for UK family law reform. It is the brainchild of David Mortimer. David, a father who has been through the family court process and suffered many of the pitfalls and injustices of an outmoded legal system, has long campaigned for changes in family law to achieve justice for all, and in the hope and expectation that his sons’ sons and other fathers’ sons will never have to endure what he or they have done. That is the ethos of this Group – to build a better future for our children.

I became acquainted with David a number of years ago through a mutual contact while researching for the first edition of my legal handbook Fathers Matter. During this time I have observed his determination, perseverance and tenacity in bringing difficult and highly controversial family issues to the foreground, even though on numerous occasions it has brought him into conflict with those in a position of authority. Although David instigated the formation of the Group, he makes it very clear that he is just one part of it and the Group depends on the input of all its members to bring about radical reform which is its ultimate goal . The Group also provides support and information to anyone who needs it.

Celia Conrad, former specialist family lawyer and author of Fathers Matter.