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Dear David Mortimer
FOI Request Axlr8 4770
You requested “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
We can provide the following information for the calendar year 2013, which covers all children and young people newly given a Child Protection Plan during the year.
The 4 children “not known” were unborn at the time of their initial protection plan.
Our IT systems do not allow us to analyse this data against their relationship to the offender. To prepare such an analysis will require the reading of all the Child Protection files, and will consequently take longer than the time allowed for responding to FOI queries. However, I can assure you that nearly all children placed onto a Child Protection plan are abused by their parent(s). If a person external to the family is the alleged abuser, we work with the family to protect the children from this person rather than formally placing a child onto a protection plan.
A change would be in the best interests of children.