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Just further to previous correspondence, I am writing to advise that, as broadly anticipated, regrettably the Council is unable to offer much assistance with your request in its current format. Our Children’s Case Management (CCM) social care database focusses on the children involved in such cases; although details of alleged perpetrators are likely to be held, these would be recorded in open-text format on individual case notes, rather than in a structured format to a consistent recording standard which allows for straightforward extraction. Similarly details of the outcomes of court proceedings and criminal prosecutions would be held in a combination of case-notes together with legal files (if applicable).
In order to provide any such details held we would need to undertake a manual analysis of these individual case-files. We estimate that such an analysis would substantially exceed the £450 (2½ working days) limit prescribed by the Fees Regulations. Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, the Council is not obliged to comply with this element of your request. I am sorry that we are unable to provide you with any useful information; I would suggest that Northumbria Police may be able to offer more information:
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What I want is information on the perpetrators of child abuse. I am not asking for any information about the child victims. What I mean by substantiated child abuse cases are those who have been taken through the criminal justice system & found guilty of a child abuse offence.
Best regards Dave
Dear Mr Mortimer,
Please may I just ask for some clarification with your request, to ensure we provide you with useful, accurate information; do you have a standard definition of a child abuse case being ‘substantiated’? If, for example, we took substantiated to mean where there has been a successful criminal prosecution then we would not hold such information in a format allowing for retrieval within the Appropriate Fees limit, but the Police are likely to.
I’d be grateful if you could provide some guidance at your earliest convenience so we can progress your request. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or concerns.