UK Family Law Reform

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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 3:00 PM
Subject: FOI 740706

Good Afternoon

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Wirral Borough Council do not electronically record this information, and would therefore be required to manually examine individual case file records. Even if this search was limited to those children made subject of a child protection plan in the last published year 2012/13 there were 322 such children – to access their file and locate child protection conference minutes to identify the source of the risk would take approximately 20 minutes per case meaning the total exercise (even reducing the overall time by 20% to allow for some sibling grouping) would be over 80 hours work.

Facilitating your enquiry in full would therefore take Officers over the appropriate limit of 18.5 hours allowed by the legislation, FOI Act 2000. The Council has therefore relied on section 12 (1) to refuse your request. Further information relating to the 18.5 hours exemption we have relied on is below:

“Where an authority is not obliged to comply with a request for information because, under section 12(1) and regulations made under section 12, the cost of complying would exceed the "appropriate limit" (i.e. cost threshold) the authority should consider providing an indication of what, if any, information could be provided within the cost ceiling. The authority should also consider advising the applicant that by reforming or re-focusing their request, information may be able to be supplied for a lower, or no, fee.”

As providing any of the requested information would require manual examination of a large number of case files, the Council is unfortunately unable to advise you on how your enquiry could be refined in order for the appropriate limit to be met.

Please be advised that you have the right, under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to ask for an internal review of the refusal to supply the information requested. Please direct any request for an internal review to

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of any internal review you also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, details of which can be found at this link.

Kind regards,

Andy Henderson

Interim Freedom of Information Assistant

Information & Central Services

Transformation & Resources Department

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street



CH44 8ED

-----Original Message-----
Sent: 28 December 2013 10:41
Subject: FOI 740706

Dear Wirral Council

Request for information under the freedom of information act.

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.

David Mortimer

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

A change would be in the best interests of children.