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----- Original Message -----
From: gemma.allen@staffordshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:41 PM
Subject: FW: Please accept this message as a official request for information. GA138 [633]

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your request for information.

We have completed a search of our records and can confirm the following:

(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; -

data held and collected is a statutory requirement which is detailed in guidance by the Department of Education

(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;

Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board, via the Lead Member for Childrens Services, line management, complaints procedures. all statutory data is published on the DofE website for the public to view

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

Eric Robinson – Director of Children Services as Director of Children’s Service is accountable under the Children Act legislation Richard Hancock – Head of Families First and Vonni Gordon – Strategic Lead for Safeguarding take the lead on policy development Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board – multi-agency safeguarding polices

(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;

Via Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board, via the Lead Member for Childrens Services, line management, complaints procedures.

(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?"

Requirements are driven by legislation, statutory guidance and regulations set out by the Department of Education

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

In the first instance if you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please write to Lian Stibbs, Access Manager, Information Governance Unit, Staffordshire County Council, Wedgwood Building, Block A, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.

If you have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Many Thanks
Gemma Allen
Access to Information Officer

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: gemma.allen@staffordshire.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:04 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Gemma Allen,

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: gemma.allen@staffordshire.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 11:56 AM
Subject: FW: Request for information under the freedom of information act. GA1928

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Thank you for your request for information.

I can confirm that the family relationship and gender of the person who is accused is not held in an extractable format and would require each Child Protection case to be reviewed. This will take at least 5 minutes per case and there are 1254 cases to check, meaning over 100 hours. As this in excess of the 18 hour limit this part of your request is refused as per section 12 (the cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

For the period 1st January 2013 to 31 December 2013; the following episodes of Child Protection were recorded

Emotional Abuse 440
Multiple 23
Neglect 651
Physical Abuse 84
Sexual Abuse 56

This information relates to children subject of a Child Protection plan where the child is at risk.

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

Many Thanks
Gemma Allen
Access to Information Officer

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

We now need more people to join this group or to simply start asking our public servants for the proof that they are acting in the public's best interests. If the right people ask their friends to join this group they will & some of the best people won't need to be asked. All it takes to make real progress is a little bit of co-operation. The change will be how we use the Internet.

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/ukfamilylawreform

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