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----- Original Message -----
From: dave.mortimer@tiscali.co.uk
To: info@dfes.gsi.gov.uk
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 2:11 AM
Subject: Questions about child abuse offenders

RT HON Beverley Hughes MP
Minister for Children
Young People and Families
Department for Education and Skills
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA
info@dfes.gsi.gov.uk
http://www.dfes.gov.uk

Dear Beverley Hughes,

I represent a parents' group which has taken a great interest in children's safety for a considerable number of years. We would therefore be most grateful if you could answer on behalf of our members all of the questions listed below.

(1) Could you detail how the collection of information about child abuse offenders operated nationally before the Children Act 1989 and how it altered after that legislation?

(2) Could you detail how the DoH and the NSPCC were involved in collection of information prior to the 1989 Act and that you have always been fully aware of this situation?

(3) Could you give us your appraisal of how successful you think devolving down responsibility to local authorities for the collection of data has proven since 1991?

(4) Given that child abuse still continues and that the identity of perpetrators by age and sex and by other markers, such as marital or socio-economic status, were listed prior to the 1989 Act, (and biological father vs. step-fathers were identified by the annual Family Court Reporter), what steps are being taken to identify perpetrators today?

(5) Given the number of public inquires in recent years into horrific child abuse and deaths cases would you agree that implement the government's stated intention of reducing such incidents, the best course would be to give the NGOS the tools to do the job by identifying the culprits?

Yours Sincerely
David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: info@dfes.gsi.gov.uk
To: dave.mortimer@tiscali.co.uk
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2006 11:15 AM
Subject: Case Reference 2006/0230615

Dear Mr Mortimer

Unfortunately we do not collect any information on child abuse perpetrators, just on children.

If you are asking more generally about how we decide whether to collect particular data: a case will be put forward by the relevant policy team, which is then scrutinised internally and externally on feasibility, purpose, burden, value for money, duplication and resourcing, before either being approved or rejected.

Yours sincerely

Jill Sewell
Public Communications Unit

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2006/0230615. To correspond by email with the Department for Education and Skills please contact info@dfes.gsi.gov.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com
Sent: 12 December 2006 13:28
To: paul.Sutton@milton-keynes.gov.uk
Subject: Child abuse perpetrators

Dear Paul Sutton,

Please will you kindly accept this message as an official request for information under the freedom of information act.

I would like to know what the (a) gender and (b) familial relationship was of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases in Milton Keynes over the last 3 years, broken down by (i) physical abuse, (ii) emotional abuse, (iii) sexual abuse and (iv) cases of neglect.

Yours sincerely
David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: Pauline.Shayler@Milton-keynes.gov.uk
To: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 11:51 AM
Subject: FOI Request

Response being sent on behalf of Sally Mottram and Paul to your emails dated 10th and 12 December 2006:

Dear Mr Mortimer

Your request for information has now been considered. However this authority does not hold information of the description specified in your request.

Yours sincerely

Jane Spencer,

Freedom of Information Liaison Officer

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