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Dear Sharron Evans,
I believe the standard categories which are recorded according to Working Together 2013 (and every previous one since 1989) have not been changed, and only apply to children subject to CP plans. What I would like you to kindly tell me is (A) if the working together guidance actually requires Wiltshire Council to collect & hold information on child abuse perpetrators or not & (B) if Wiltshire Council's child protection policies were formulated using child abuse perpetrator information & if not what information was used?
Best regards Dave
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In response to your request officers have provided the following:
Working Together to safeguard Children 2013, the Data Protection Act 1998, and Children Act 1989 and 2004 are the legislation and guidance that provide the basis for this. Child protection policies are based on this guidance and legislation and are informed by national and local research on perpetrator information.
The role of the LADO is to have oversight of Child Protection investigations specifically into adults in regulated activities. The link below provides a summary of the main provisions of regulated activity relating to children. https://www.gov.uk/.../dbs-factsheet-
Wiltshire Council has not withheld any information in relation to this request under the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Dear Mr. Mortimer,
Thank you for your request received 30 December 2013.
The following FOI request cannot be provided with the information requested as it would take longer than 18 hours to collate, analyse and present the data
Wiltshire Council uses Carefirst as the primary child social care case management system. This is one of the case management system that was accredited by the Department For Children for use as a child social care case management system and approved under the Integrated Child System (ICS).
The information requested is held on the Carefirst System as unstructured data. This data would be recorded as free text narrative in a variety of assessments, plans or reviews, and cannot be retrieved in a format that would meet the requirements of this Freedom of Information request.
During the most recent year 2013 there were 880 child or young people subject to child protection plans at some point during the year.
It is estimated that it would take at least 15 minutes per case for a qualified worker to identify where and if there was any familial relationship between the Child or young person and the substantiated offender , further research with police or probation would also be required where any offences had been substantiated.
880 cases taking 15 minutes per case would take 220 hours.
Data for CP Cases and category of registration are published on the Department for Education web site https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-children-in-need
We have considered your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and have taken the decision to withhold the information, relying on Section 12 of the Act as this relates to where the cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit. This exemption is qualified.
Some of the exemptions under the Act are absolute, and some are qualified. The qualified exemptions are subject to the public interest test.
Once it has been determined that a qualified exemption applies, the authority is required to decide whether the public interest is better served by maintaining that exemption and withholding the information, or by disclosing it. The public interest can cover a wide range of values and principles relating to the public good, or what is in the best interests of society. The public interest does not mean what is of interest to the public, or the private interests of the requester. The matters which were considered in applying the public interest test here were as follows:
The appropriate time limit exists to prevent publicly funded resources being utlised in a way that is of value and detracts from the provision of public services.
In coming to that conclusion, the public interest in making the information available against any prejudice to the public interest that might arise from providing the information has been carefully weighed.