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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@tameside.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: FOI 2575

Dear Tony Griffin,

Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the current legislation & regulations require Tameside 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: foi@tameside.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: foi@tameside.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 3:46 PM
Subject: FOI 2575

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email received 24 February 2014 requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act. I understand your request to be as follows:

(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?"

I am pleased to advise that the Council can provide the information that you have requested. The information you requested is as follows:

a. Tony Griffin, Assistant Executive Director, Children’s Services, Tameside Council.

b. Through such process as:

1. Executive Board, Performance Board, Corporate Parenting Board and Scrutiny Panel; all of which include elected member representation on behalf of the public

2. Reports to Councillor Allison Gwynne, Executive Member Children and Families

3. Accountability to the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board, which is chaired by someone completely independent of the Local Authority and has lay membership from members of the public.

c. Tony Griffin, Assistant Executive Director, Children’s Services, Tameside Council.

d. As b.

e. Not applicable.

Yours sincerely

Tony Griffin,

Assistant Executive Director – Children Services

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@tameside.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: foi@tameside.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:54 AM
Subject: FOI 2423

Dear Mr Mortimer

Freedom of Information – Request for Information Unique Reference: FOI 2423

Thank you for your request for information dated 21 January 2014, which the Council received by email. You have requested the following information:

Please will you kindly tell me the name of the person who is in charge of your Local Safeguarding Children Board & provide me with their email address.

I can confirm that the Council does hold the information that you have requested.

Having carefully considered the matter, the Council has determined that the information is exempt from disclosure under the following provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Section 21: information accessible to applicant by other means.

Under section 21 of the Act, the Council is not required to provide information in response to a request if is already reasonably accessible to you. You may access the information that you have requested from our website at http://www.tameside.gov.uk/contactus

If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Tony Griffin

Assistant Executive Director

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@tameside.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: foi@tameside.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 4:49 PM
Subject: FOI 2357

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your email received 30 December 2013 requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act. I understand your request to be as follows:

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.

Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit of £450, as specified in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. This limit represents the estimated cost of one person spending at least 18 hours, or approximately 2½ days, in determining whether the Council holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

The information is not available from any database and we would need to look at individual case files. A conservative estimate for each instance would be that it would take 10 minutes per case. Looking at 230 such cases would take 2300 minutes which exceeds the 18 hour limit for responding to your request.

Therefore the cost would exceed the £450 (or at least 18 hours work). As a consequence, your request will not be processed further.

Tony Griffin

Assistant Executive Director – Children Services

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

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