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Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2014 7:43 AM
Subject: WBCIR:4770

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.

INITIAL_CATEGORY Female Male Not Known Grand Total
Emotional abuse 20 23
2 45
Neglect 27 29
2 58
Physical abuse Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5
Sexual abuse
Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5 Fewer than 5
Grand Total 48
4 105

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.

Yours sincerely

Wokingham Direct

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

A change would be in the best interests of children.