UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Freedomofinformation@torbay.gov.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: Response: FOI request ref. 1314976

Dear Angela Hellier,

Please will you kindly tell me if John Skinner has questioned in writing the way in which child abuse perpetrator information is collected by Torbay Council or not in the last 12 months?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Freedomofinformation@torbay.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:26 PM
Subject: Response: FOI request ref. 1314976

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your request received on 6 February 2014, we have considered your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and I can confirm that Torbay Council has completed its search for the information that you requested.

This information is as follows:

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;

The Children Act 1989 and 2004, John Skinner, Executive Head Safeguarding and Wellbeing

(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;

The Council’s Performance Management Framework

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

The Children Act 1989 and 2004, John Skinner, Executive Head Safeguarding and Wellbeing.

(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;

The Council’s Performance Management Framework

(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?"

N/A

Torbay Council publishes Access to Information requests and responses on its online Disclosure Log. Only requests deemed to be in the public interest will be included and any request included within this log will be de-personalised accordingly.

To view the Council’s Disclosure Log, please visit http://www.torbay.gov.uk/disclosurelog

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact me directly, quoting the reference number listed at the top of this email in all communications.

Yours sincerely

Angela Hellier

angela.hellier@torbay.gov.uk

Information Compliance Officer

http://www.torbay.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: Freedomofinformation@torbay.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:52 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Vicky Wills,

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: Freedomofinformation@torbay.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:41 PM
Subject: UNCLASSIFIED: Response: Request Ref 1314828

Dear Mr Mortimer

Further to your request received on 30 December 2013, I can confirm that Torbay Council has completed its search for the information you requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our response is 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.

This information is not held in a central location. In order for us to provide you with a response to your request, we would need to look at each individual child’s record to see whether they meet the criteria of your request. To do this would exceed the appropriate fees limit currently sent at £450.00 or 18 hours of officer time in locating and retrieving the information.

In these situations, Torbay Council is not required to respond to requests for information under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact us directly, quoting the reference number listed at the top of this email in all communications.

If you are unhappy with the Council’s response to your request and wish to make a complaint please write to Information Compliance, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR or complete the on-line complaint form that can be found at http://www.torbay.gov.uk.

If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.

http://www.ico.gov.uk

mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Vicky Wills

Information Compliance Officer

Torbay Council

vicky.wills@torbay.gcsx.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.