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----- Original Message -----
From: foi@wrexham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:12 PM
Subject: Freedom of information request (our ref FOI3804)

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing about your request made to Wrexham County Borough Council validated on 27 January 2014 requesting information on:

(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?"

I can confirm that the Council’s Children and Young People – Prevention and Social Care Department holds information relevant to your request.

Attached please find a response. Some of the information held is published on the Council’s web site and is therefore considered to be exempt from disclosure under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act. Under Section 21 public authorities are not obliged to specifically provide information under the Freedom of Information Act, if it is already available to the public through other means – in this case, through the Council’s website as indicated on the attached response which includes the address to the pages.

Wrexham County Borough Council

Response/Digest FOI: 3804

Department: Prevention and Social Care

The Prevention and Social Care department does hold the information requested.

Wrexham County Borough Council complies with statutory guidance as set out in:

Statutory Guidance on the Role and Accountabilities of the Director of Social Services June 2009

The creation by the Council of a discrete Children’s Service transferred into that service the Social Service Departments Child and Family Service. This is a new department managed by a Head of Department, Prevention and Social Care. In compliance with the Statutory Guidance the statutory role of Director of Social Services remains with the Head of Department , Adult Social Care.

The Constitution setting out the roles and responsibilities of the Council and how it discharges its duties can be found at:

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/council/documents/constitution.htm

The Councils management and organisation structure setting out the details of the officers responsible for Social Care can be found at:

https://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/vacancies_en/organisational_structure.htm

Regards

Esther Williams

Archivist/Records Manager

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/archives

----- Original Message -----
From: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
To: foi@wrexham.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 4:22 PM
Subject: Please accept this message as a official request for information.

Dear Esther Williams,

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?"

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: foi@wrexham.gov.uk
To: david@mortimers-removals.co.uk
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 3:28 PM
Subject: Freedom of information request (our ref FOI3710)

Dear Mr Mortimer

I am writing about your request made to Wrexham County Borough Council validated on 30 December 2014 requesting information on:

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.

I can confirm that the Council’s Children & Young People Service hold some information relating to your request.

Attached please find a response. Some of the information requested is already published and can be found on the web pages as advised. These give you the number of cases broken down by category. Because this information is already published, the Council considers it to be exempt from disclosure under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 21 of the Act provides that public authorities are not obliged to specifically provide information under the Freedom of Information Act, if it is already available to the public through other means – in this case, through the websites in the attached response.

With regard to any further breakdown or details of individual cases, this information is not held as a summary report and the information would have to be compiled from manual files. It is estimated that in order to check for, identify, retrieve and compile the information would take in excess of 77 hours. This exceeds the statutory limit of 18 hours. The Council therefore considers any further detail to be exempt from disclosure under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. Under Section 12 a public authority is not obliged to comply with a request for disclosure where the cost of complying with the request would exceed the statutory limit of £450 calculated at 18 hours at £25 per hour.

Please note that where information is subject to copyright belonging to the Council, you will need to obtain the permission of the Council to re-use it for purposes other than private study or non-commercial research. The Council may charge for re-use. Where third party copyright material is disclosed, you must obtain permission to re-use from the copyright holders concerned.

Yours sincerely

Esther Williams

Archivist/Records Manager

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/archives

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

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