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----- Original Message -----
From: NLaurie@thurrock.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: LDutton@thurrock.gov.uk; BxFoster@thurrock.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 3:24 PM
Subject: RE: FOI Request 3927

Dear David,

There is no one specific person. The criteria’s are set by the government and are contained within the child protection procedures, you have already received the link for this in previous correspondence.

Thurrock is unable to assist any further with your question..

Neale Laurie

----- Original Message -----
From: LDutton@thurrock.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 11:27 AM
Subject: RE: FOI Request 3927

Dear Mr Mortimer

Ms Foster is not aware of anything that would meet this description.

Yours sincerely

Linda Dutton

------ Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: LDutton@thurrock.gov.uk
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2014 7:46 PM
Subject: Re: FOI Request 3927

Dear Linda Dutton,

Please will you kindly tell me if Barbara Foster has made a formal written complaint about the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected by Thurrock Council in the last 12 months or not?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: LDutton@thurrock.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 11:36 AM
Subject: FOI Request 3927

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information Request. The details below have been supplied in response, I hope the information supplied is helpful.

Could you kindly supply me with 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;

Decisions regarding child neglect and child abuse are made via a multi-agency Child Protection conference. Please refer to the SET Procedures at https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/how-we-keep-children-safe/set-child-protection-procedures

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;

Complaints via SET Procedures

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

The Thurrock Local Safeguarding Board is responsible for the Child Protection Procedures

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 see our response to b above

(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 see our response to b above

Yours faithfully,

Linda Dutton

Freedom of Information Coordinator

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: LDutton@thurrock.gov.uk
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2014 11:46 AM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Linda Dutton,

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: LDutton@thurrock.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 9:42 AM
Subject: FOI Request 3826

Thank you for your request for the following information:

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.

The information below have been supplied in response to your recent request. We are only able to supply some of the information you have requested. Below is an explanation of what cannot be supplied and why. We hope the information supplied is helpful.

We are only able to supply some of the information you have requested. Personal data of any other person (third party data) is exempt under section 40(2) if disclosure would breach one of the data protection principles. This aspect of Section 40 is Qualified and therefore subject to the Public Interest Test.

This means we have balanced the legitimate interests of the public in having access to the information (under FOI a disclosure is a publication to the world at large) against the interests of the individual under the first principle of the Data Protection Act (1998).

Details of victims in substatiated child abuse cases is personal data specific to these individuals. It is therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998). There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals or their families that this information would be published into the wider public domain under FOI. We believe that to dislcose this would be likely to breach the first Principle of the Data Protection Act by unfairly contravening their right to privacy and confidentiality.

However, in the interests of transparency we are able to share the information as given below

Please note, the information provided relates to children subject of a CP plan. We have made the assumption that the when the request says ‘substantiated’ it is referring to meeting the threshold for ‘significant harm’, not necessarily leading to a prosecution.

Please be aware of this when considering the data, as we are aware that other authorities may have interpreted the request differently.

  Female
Male
Emotional
35
40
Sexual
5 Fewer than 5
Neglect
55 70
Physical
Fewer than 5
11
Multiple
20 22

If you are unhappy with the Council’s response you can make a complaint via the Council's complaints procedures and this will be looked into. If you are not happy with this decision you may then appeal to the Information Commissioner. Information supplied in response to your request is the copyright of Thurrock Council. The information has been supplied for your personal use. Except for permitted acts under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the information supplied may not be copied, distributed, published, or exploited for commercial purposes or financial gain without the explicit written consent of Thurrock Council.

Yours faithfully

Linda Dutton

https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/

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

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

What is and who is behind the Family Law Reform Group?

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ukfamilylawreform/info

The Family Law Reform Group, as the name suggests, is a group specifically set up to campaign for UK family law reform. It is the brainchild of David Mortimer. David, a father who has been through the family court process and suffered many of the pitfalls and injustices of an outmoded legal system, has long campaigned for changes in family law to achieve justice for all, and in the hope and expectation that his sons’ sons and other fathers’ sons will never have to endure what he or they have done. That is the ethos of this Group – to build a better future for our children.

I became acquainted with David a number of years ago through a mutual contact while researching for the first edition of my legal handbook Fathers Matter. During this time I have observed his determination, perseverance and tenacity in bringing difficult and highly controversial family issues to the foreground, even though on numerous occasions it has brought him into conflict with those in a position of authority. Although David instigated the formation of the Group, he makes it very clear that he is just one part of it and the Group depends on the input of all its members to bring about radical reform which is its ultimate goal . The Group also provides support and information to anyone who needs it.

Celia Conrad, former specialist family lawyer and author of Fathers Matter.