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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Damian.Burke@SOUTHWARK.GOV.UK
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: Request for information under the freedom of information act ref 355833

Dear Damian Burke,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the current legislation
& regulations require Southwark Council to collect & hold on child abuse
perpetrators & (B) who your child protection policies are designed to
protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Damian.Burke@SOUTHWARK.GOV.UK
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 9:12 AM
Subject: RE: Request for information under the freedom of information act ref 355833

Dear Mr David Mortimer

Thank you for your request that was received on 30th December, in which 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.

Southwark Council apologises for the delay and has outlined the response below.

The details of children on a CP plan to Southwark can be found on the Department for Education link below SFR45/2013: Main tables – Table D2 & D4 will show the breakdown of each category by Local Authority.

In regards to the “gender” and “familial relationship” as outlined above the information requested is not collated into an aggregated format. To obtain this information, a minimum of 330 case entries would require a manual search of electronically held records. Each record would potentially take approximately 5 minutes to review, totalling approximately 27hrs to complete. As a result this will exceed the 18 hours time allowance under Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We estimate that the cost that would have been incurred in complying with this element of your request would exceed the appropriate limit of £450. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations and for local government it is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours at an hourly rate of £25 in determining whether the council holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Consequently, we would not be obliged by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to comply with your request (see section 12(1)). Strategic Director of Children’s and Adults’ Services – Romi Bowen 12. - (1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

In accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter acts as a Refusal Notice in relation to this part of your request.

Yours sincerely,

Damian Burke

-----Original Message-----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 28 December 2013 10:40
To: accessinfo@southwark.gov.uk
Subject: Request for information under the freedom of information act.

Dear Southwark 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

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