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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Freedom.ofInformation@telford.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:01 PM
Subject: Re: Response to FOI Request Ref: TWC-29483

Dear Sarah Daffern,

Please will you kindly tell me why Telford & Wrekin Council does not collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators & who Laura Johnston's child protection policies are designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Freedom.ofInformation@telford.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:03 PM
Subject: Response to FOI Request Ref: TWC-29483

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 – Information Request -TWC-29483

Further to your recent request, we are pleased to be able to provide you with the information you require, see below.

(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;

The information collected on child neglect and abuse is primarily specified within legislative, statutory performance information required by the Department for Education within the Children in Need Census Return. However, any other information collected is agreed by the Local Safeguarding Board and its multi agency members, The Director of Children & Family Services for the Authority – Laura Johnston and the Assistant Director – Children’s Safeguarding & Specialist Services – Karen Perry.

(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;

Primarily by means of the Cabinet and elected Members as nominated representatives of the public as well as Telford & Wrekin Local Safeguarding Board. Also the various complaints procedures / Local Government Ombudsman / Judicial Review application to court.

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

The overarching policies fall under the general framework under which child protection / information sharing is organised, i.e., Working together / Children Act 1989 / Children Act 2004 / Local Safeguarding Children Board [independent chair], with child protection policies being a multi-agency responsibility. Jo Britton : Service Delivery Specialist – Safeguarding Advisory Service.

(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;

Please refer to previous response (b). (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 perpetration?"

Please refer to previous response (b).

If you are not happy with the information you have received, you have the right to appeal. Please send us the reasons for your appeal to the above address and mark for the attention of Information Governance, Freedom of Information – Appeal on or before 11/06/2014.

Please remember to quote the above reference number in all related correspondence.

If you are not happy with the way your request has been handled and wish to make a complaint about the service you have received, please write to: Customer Quality Manager, Freedom of Information – Complaint, and send it to the address above. Alternatively you can email your complaint to us at complaints@telford.gov.uk, remembering to quote the above reference number.

In the meantime, if you have any other queries then please do not hesitate to contact us, details above.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Daffern

Information Governance

----- Original Message -----
From: Freedom.ofInformation@telford.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:32 PM
Subject: Response to FOI Request Ref : TWC-28506

Dear Mr Mortimer,

Further to your recent request, we are pleased to be able to provide you with the information you require, see 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.

Please refer to the table below for analysis of the children by gender subject to a initial child protection conference and by their Child Protection Plan category:

  Female Male
Physical 9 20
Emotional 19 26
Sexual 8 >=5
Neglect / Emotional 57 55

In respect of the request for information on the familial relationship to the child, our electronic case records cannot be easily interrogated to provide this information. Therefore the following exemption has been applied :

Exemption: - Procedural Exemption - Exceeds ‘Appropriate Cost’ Limit

We have calculated that the cost of locating and extracting this information would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ (£450.00 / 18 hours) as outlined in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Act (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004. In each case it would be necessary to perform detailed checking of case notes and to refer to the Social Worker involved in each case, in order to ensure that the interpretation of case notes was correct. On this basis it has been assessed that the amount of officer time required to provide a robust reply to this part of the request would involve in excess of 30 hours of officer time.

If you are not happy with the information you have received, you have the right to appeal. Please send us the reasons for your appeal to the above address and mark for the attention of Information Governance, Freedom of Information – Appeal on or before 30/04/2014

Please remember to quote the above reference number in all related correspondence.

If you are not happy with the way your request has been handled and wish to make a complaint about the service you have received, please write to: Customer Quality Manager, Freedom of Information – Complaint, and send it to the address above. Alternatively you can email your complaint to us at complaints@telford.gov.uk, remembering to quote the above reference number.

In the meantime, if you have any other queries then please do not hesitate to contact us, details above.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Daffern

Information Governance

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

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