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Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:31 PM
Subject: CYP - 13Dec - 130141 - response.doc

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing in respect of your recent request for information from Somerset County Council which has been dealt with under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I confirm that we do hold the information requested.

You asked:

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.

Your clarification went on to specify - “What I mean by substantiated cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence.”

Our response is:

To obtain this information would mean we would have to search through hundreds of cases manually, which would incur a cost under Section 13 of the act. This is based on 18 hours at £25.00 per hour.

In view of your clarification about cases which have been through the criminal justice system it may be more appropriate to ask the Police if they hold the data.

Yours sincerely,

Michele Weaver

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