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----- Original Message -----
From: Debbie.Callender@walthamforest.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Cc: Information.Officer@walthamforest.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 12:23 PM
Subject: FW: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear David Mortimer

Please see below.

Debbie Callender

Families Business Support Officer

Families Directorate

Alternative Contact: Jenny Hall, 020 8496 3595

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: 06 February 2014 17:41
To: Debbie.Callender@walthamforest.gov.uk
Cc: Information.Officer@walthamforest.gov.uk
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Debbie Callender,

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;
Response

We do not have one person. The information collected is agreed through a number of different mechanisms including the LCSB, CPB, national data sets and locally determined priority areas to monitor

(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;

Response

The functions of safeguarding are held to account through the LCSB, the Director of Children Services and Chief Executive and Members and nationally through the inspection framework and external scrutiny process

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

Response

Please see response (a)

(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;

Response

Please see 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 perpetratration?"
Response

Please see response (b)

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

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.