UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 1:32 PM
Subject: FOI Request 4142

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information.

The response from the Shetland Islands Council is as follows:-

Gender Relationship of Abuser Category
12 Female 13 Parents 5 Emotional Abuse
9 Male 4 Father 8 Physical Neglect
  1 StepFather 4 n/a
  2 Mother 2 Emotional Abuse & Physical Injury
  1 not known 1 Emotional Abuse, Physical Injury and Sexual Abuse
    1 Physical Injury, Neglect and Emotional Abuse
    1 Physical Injury and Emotional Abuse
    1 Failure to Thrive

I trust that this response meets your request. However, if you are dissatisfied with the way in which the Council has dealt with your request for information then you may ask the authority to review its actions and decisions in relation to your request, by submitting a formal appeal. The process for lodging appeals is set out in the attached leaflet.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Marion Bryant
Shetland Islands Council
Children's Services / Community Care Services
Hayfield House
Hayfield Lane

-----Original Message-----
Sent: 28 December 2013 10:41
Subject: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Shetland Islands 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

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

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.