Abuse of children whilst in care

A Freeman (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Government Office for the South East

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A Freeman (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Sir or Madam, Under freedom of Information

Re- Kent County Council

Can you please advise as to how many children, below the age of
sixteen, have been sexually molested or sexually abused in Kent
County Council, Children s Services, Foster care homes?

Have any such abused children been provided with therapy of any kind?
If so what? Have such children been compensated for such abuse,
while in care?

What are the guidelines for dealing with such events, and how are
they recorded and monitored, policy and procedure for preventing
such incidents from occurring?

Have any staff been disciplined for allowing, through negligence or
malpractice, the abuse of minors in care?

I look forward to your reply.

May peace be with you.

A Freeman

Rupert SHEARD, Government Office for the South East

Your Reference Number is: F0001866

Dear A Freeman

Thank you for your e-mail of 29^th September 2009 requesting information
about children under 16 being abused in Kent County Council children*s
home, children*s services and foster homes.

Requests for information are processed according to 3 Rights of Access
laws, briefly explained below:

· Data Protection Act 1998 enables you to access information held
about you (for example your own education, medical records, credit
reference files, personnel file etc.)

· Environmental Information Regulations 2004 enable you to access
environmental information relating to air, water, land, natural sites,
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also covers information relating to decisions or activities affecting, or
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· Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you the general right of
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including Government Offices.

Unless the information requested is specifically exempt from release by
the laws governing these pieces of legislation you have the right to know
if the information exists and have it supplied upon request.

Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

I am writing to advise you that this Office does not hold the information
that you requested about children under 16 being abused in Kent County
Council children*s home, children*s services and foster homes. However, it
may be held by Kent County Council. Should you wish to apply to Kent
County Council for this information you may do so by sending your request
to Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ.

If you have any queries regarding this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Rupert Sheard

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Rupert Sheard
Safeguarding Children Policy Lead
Government Office South East
01483 882458

>>> A Freeman <[FOI #18659 email]> 29/09/2009
18:05:50 >>>
Dear Sir or Madam, Under freedom of Information

Re- Kent County Council

Can you please advise as to how many children, below the age of
sixteen, have been sexually molested or sexually abused in Kent
County Council, Children s Services, Foster care homes?

Have any such abused children been provided with therapy of any
kind? If so what? Have such children been compensated for such
abuse, while in care?

What are the guidelines for dealing with such events, and how are
they recorded and monitored, policy and procedure for preventing
such incidents from occurring?

Have any staff been disciplined for allowing, through negligence or
malpractice, the abuse of minors in care?

I look forward to your reply.

May peace be with you.

A Freeman

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