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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 4:28 PM
Subject: Re: FoI request - 10184

Dear Louise Manthorpe,

It will never be possible for local authorities to protect children from abuse until their child protection polices are evidence based but there is no legislation or regulations which specifically requires local authorities to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or for them to use that information to formulate their child protection policies. Nor is this information available for Government to use that information to formulate their child protection policies.

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 1:22 PM
Subject: FoI request - 10184

Dear Mr. Mortimer,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on the 28 December 2013.

Please find our response below. 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.

We have considered your request for information and have estimated that the cost of complying with your request will exceed £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2 ½ working days in determining whether the Council holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information. We have made this calculation in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limits and Fees) Regulations 2004. This calculation was based on the following:

To establish the familial relationship and gender of an offender would require data being extracted from each individual case and therefore would take well over 2 and a half working days.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are not obliged to comply with a request for information if we estimate that the cost of complying with the request would exceed £450. This letter is therefore a formal refusal notice under the Act.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Manthorpe

Information Governance Officer

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

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