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----- Original Message -----
From: Heather.Mackay@west-dunbarton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 3:20 PM
Subject: comments to FOI response

Dear Mr Mortimer

Thank you for your comments which were received by West Dunbartonshire Council on 28 April 2014 about:

It will never be possible for local authorities to protect children from abuse until their child protection polices are evidence based but there is no legislation or regulations which specifically requires local authorities to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or for them to use that information to formulate their child protection policies. Nor is this information available for Government to use that information to formulate their child protection policies.

Council’s Response

Your email was passed to the West Dunbartonshire Council Legal Section and we would like to thank you for your email in reply to the Freedom of Information response, and your comments around this. If you have any further concerns regarding legislative procedures, I would recommend you contact the Scottish Government Legal Directorate (SGLD) The SGLD advises the Scottish Ministers on drafting legislation, including child protection. They state in their purpose that in order to provide a pro-active legal service, they take a problem-solving approach and promote robust decision-making.

Contact information for SGLD is below:

SGLD Secretariat, GB(N), Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

Tel no: 0131 244 0815

Yours sincerely

Heather Mackay

----- Original Message -----
From: Sharon.Stott@west-dunbarton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:36 PM
Subject: FOI response 1354619(2)

Dear D Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information which was received by West Dunbartonshire Council on 19th March 2014, about:

“Please will you kindly tell me (A) what information the Scottish Government actually require West Dunbartonshire Council to collect & hold on child abuse perpetrators & (B) who are your child protection policies designed to protect children from if they are not based on this information?”

Council’s Response

The information you have requested is now published on the Scottish Government website, and can be viewed by following the link below;

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/

Kind regards,

Sharon Stott

----- Original Message -----
From: Sharon.Stott@west-dunbarton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:44 PM
Subject: FOI response 1354619/14 Child Protection

Dear D Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information which was received by West Dunbartonshire Council on 17th February 2014, about:

“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?"

Council’s Response

The Scottish Government sets the information that is required for performance reporting on an annual basis. In addition to the chair of the Child Protection Committee and Chief Social Work Officer also sets requirements for local reporting.

This officer is not held to account by the public but by the Scottish Government and Scrutiny bodies who inspect children's services and specifically Child Protection Services.

As above, Head of Children's Health and Care and Criminal Justice who is also the Chief Social Work Officer.

This person is held to account by the Local Chief Officers Group and external audit.

Please follow the link below to take you to our published management structure chart:

http://www.wdchcp.org.uk/who-we-are/

Information is collected on the circumstances of the perpetrator of familial abuse in terms of individual children's records but is not published nationally as there is no requirement to do so. Whilst this information is within individual children's records, to produce this for the purpose of an FOI would be too time intensive and falls under Section 12 of The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 Excessive cost of compliance (1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a Scottish public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed such amount as may be prescribed in regulations made by the Scottish Ministers; and different amounts may be so prescribed in relation to different cases.

If you have any further queries about this process, please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Sharon Stott

----- Original Message -----
From: Sharon.Stott@west-dunbarton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 1:59 PM
Subject: Respond to query FOI 1331976/14

Dear D Mortimer

Thank you for your request for information which was received by West Dunbartonshire Council on 17th February 2014, about:

“Please will you kindly explain to me why you have said the information which I have requested will be published on the Scottish Government website when the Scottish Government does not publish any information on child abuse perpetrators?”

Council’s Response

Rather than collecting and reporting in relation to category of abuse, we are now obliged to collect and report on concern(s) identified at Child Protection Case Conferences - and these figures will be published by the Scottish Government in March 2014 (which will be 12 weeks from your original request).

For ease, below is the information direct that you requested regarding the (a) gender and (b) familial relationship to the child victim of offenders:

Natural Mother
24

Natural Father
7

Natural Parent and their Partner/Step Parent
5

Other Relative(excluding sibling)
1

If you have any further queries about this process, please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Sharon Stott

----- Original Message -----
From: Sharon.Stott@west-dunbarton.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:12 PM
Subject: FOI response 1331976/14

Dear D. Mortimer

Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information which was received by West Dunbartonshire Council on 30th December 2013, about:

“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.”

Council’s Response

Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 Section 27 Information intended for future publication (1) Information is exempt information if- (a) it is held with a view to its being published by- (i) a Scottish public authority; or (ii) any other person, at a date not later than twelve weeks after that on which the request for the information is made.

As the information you have requested will be published on the Scottish Government website within the above stated timeframe we are required to advise you to obtain this information from the Scottish Government website once it has been published.

For your convenience, I have included a link to the Scottish government website, below:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/

If you have any further queries about this process, please contact me.

Kind regards,

Sharon Stott

Public Information Officer

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/

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

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