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----- Original Message -----
From: Sutton, Paul
To: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com; Mottram, Sally ; Spencer, Jane ; Shayler, Pauline
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 9:55 AM
Subject: The Basis of Child Protection ?

Thank you for your opinion. The multi-agency policies and procedures in Milton Keynes are approved and overseen by the Local Sageguarding Children Board. Their operation has been rigorously tested by three separate external inspections since 2002, which have concluded that children and young people are adequately safeguarded by them.

Can I suggest that this correspondance is now closed.

----- Original Message -----
From: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com
To: Sutton, Paul ; Spencer, Jane ; Shayler, Pauline ; Mottram, Sally
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 5:03 PM
Subject: The Basis of Child Protection ?

Dear Mr Sutton:

Many thanks for your email. You seem to confirm, as Group Director, that you do not have the information which I requested, viz:

(i) who your policies are designed to protect children from

(ii) the nature of the risks that your policies are designed to protect children from

Can I suggest the disadvantages of such an approach?

In theory, it is admirable your polices are designed to protect children from every kind of damage, from every source. However, in practice, this approach is liable to lead to distortions, including:

(i) not protecting children from serious and likely risk
(ii) overprotecting children from less-likely and less-serious risk
(iii) misconceived initiatives angled against unlikely / low-risk / insignificant perpetrators

And so on.

In fact, and as I am sure you are aware, these kind of distortions are apparent.

For instance, extensive and costly measures are in train against domestic violence supposedly perpetrated by fathers - when the facts show (i) that mothers are just as likely to kill their own children (ii) a better concern would be step-fathers.

Similarly, thousands of children are taken into care each year, to protect them from their parents, when the evidence that, in a substantial proportion of cases, this step exposes the children to substantially greater risk, and makes their lives substantially worse.

And so on.

I am sorry to raise these elementary points, with which I am sure you are conversant. But they do bring me back to my original point:

- are you sure the Child Protection sector has no indication on who it is your Services are meant to protect children from ?

This would not be entirely satisfactory. I look forward to your early reply.

Yours sincerely

David Mortimer

----- Original Message -----
From: Sutton, Paul
To: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com ; Spencer, Jane ; Shayler, Pauline ; Mottram, Sally
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 7:32 PM
Subject: Who are your policies designed to protect children ?

Dear Mr. Mortimer,

Thank you for your enquiry. DfES guidance, and local interpretation of that guidance as directed by the Local Safeguarding Children Board are designed to safeguard children and promote their welfare regardless of the gender of the alleged perpetrator. If you wish to access research on gender differentiation by perpetrator, I might suggest that you access the BASPCAN website, or that of the Family Rights Group which might contain such information.

Paul Sutton
Group Director
Children's Specialist Support Services

-----Original Message-----
From: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com
Sent: 04 January 2007 14:31
To: Spencer, Jane; Shayler, Pauline ; Mottram, Sally; Sutton, Paul
Subject: Who are your policies designed to protect children ?

Dear Jane,

Who are your policies designed to protect children from if you do not collect any information on child abuse perpetrators ?

Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Spencer, Jane
To: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com ; Shayler, Pauline ; Mottram, Sally ; Sutton, Paul
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 1:28 PM
Subject: FOI Request (Our Ref 20324)

Dear Mr Mortimer

With regard to your enquiry below -

HM Government produce a document 'Working Together to Safeguard Children - A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children'. The Local Safeguarding Children's Board then commissions local procedures based on this guidance.

Jane Spencer
Business Support Manager
Learning & Development
01908 253518
jane.spencer@milton-keynes.gov.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com
To: Shayler, Pauline ; Spencer, Jane
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 2:25 AM
Subject: Re: FOI Request (Our Ref 20324)

Please can you tell me who actually writes the child protection policies for Milton Keynes?
Best regards Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: Shayler, Pauline
To: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com ; Spencer, Jane
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 11:51 AM
Subject: FOI Request (Our Ref 20324)

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

Dear Mr Mortimer

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

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

I apologise that your request cannot be met but if you have any further information needs in the future then please contact me.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me on 01908 253518 or by email to jane.spencer@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Jane Spencer,

Freedom of Information Liaison Officer

-----Original Message-----
From: dave.mortimer@mensaid.com
Sent: 12 December 2006 13:28
To: Sutton, Paul
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 to the child victim was of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases in the Milton Keynes area for 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

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