Does Social Services, CAFCASS and Family Courts make child abuse easy?

S. Prichard (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to East Sussex County Council

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S. Prichard (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear East Sussex County Council,

I am making this request after my team has been contacted by a parent stating that your council has failed to protect a child.

I write this FOI as both an FOI and request for action to be taken
by the government to end the corruption within social services,
CAFCASS and the secret family courts.

The purpose of this request was written after Mr Cameron discussed
closing the loophole for pedophiles downloading training manuals.
We believe that the systematic failures within the system is
currently allowing the work of a pedophile to abuse children
easier.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics...

Sexual abuse is one of the hardest crimes to detect, with children
being intimidated not to speak out, that they will not be believed,
or they will be taken away from their protective parents.

This is what social services do to children, and I personally have
experienced my child disclosing that social workers intimidated
whilst in her in school not to disclose abuse or she would be taken
away from me. Social workers called my daughter a liar. She did
disclose and she was stolen from me.

We therefore raise concerns that the actions of social workers,
CAFCASS and family courts are aiding and abetting child abuse.

My team has heard from parents across the UK where numerous Judges
ignore evidence that social services have misled the courts and my
teams assertions can be sustained by the recent case of Judge
Briscoe, whom was found guilty of three counts of perverting the
course of justice.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

My team and I are asking that parents report to police and demand a
crime reference number against any social worker, professional or
judge that has falsified, altered, concealed or ignored evidence.

Other parents across the UK have reported similar. Social Workers
“diagnose” parents reporting abuse with mental health issues. I
have been “diagnosed” as mental by social workers unqualified to
diagnose, despite me being a professional and now a whistle blower.
Social Workers said I jump to conclusions that sexual abuse has
occurred when my child said [DELETED FOR CONFIDENTIALITY]. The
family courts did not think this amounted to child abuse.

I and my team have blown the whistle on social workers, teachers,
schools etc. We are also finding, which is of deep concerns, is
that parents are having their children removed by social services
after raising concerns of several children reporting that they have
been abused by teachers. What puzzled us was that police and social
services have been treating parents as being malicious, despite
evidence of child abuse towards several children from teachers.

Courts tend to believe CAFCASS and social services, despite
overwhelming evidence that these professionals lie in court,
normally being vexatious towards the parent if a parent, for
example, makes complaints. A resent example is the case of Jonathan
Coupland. False accusations were made against him for making
complaints. My research suggests that parents complain of falsified
records by social services, so social services retaliate with more
false accusations.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

My team spoke to a woman forced to give a social worker a blow job
or she would have her children removed. The social worker, we
believe, was found to have child porn on his computer.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

We also found an annotation from a client of Dr Hibbert. The man
who made the annotation claimed he was raped by Dr Hibbert. This
annotation is very disturbing.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Within the media Max Clifford has just been sentenced, hearing on
the news that he believed no one would believe his victims because
of his position.

My team speaks to numerous people throughout the UK people who have
reported abuse to social services, only to have their child
removed, being accused of having mental health problems, or
coaching the child. The child is normally placed with the abuser.

So, in effect, Social Workers makes the pedophiles work easier.
Reform of Social Services and the family courts is the area needed
to be urgently addressed.

I am writing this on WDTK as parents complain that private letters
raising concerns are answered unsatisfactorily.

Apparently the law, I believe dating back 100 years, states that
the more serious the crime the more evidence you need. I cannot
quote this law or who made it, however this law, if it is the one
social services and the family courts go by then this law needs to
be reformed immediately.
Your article states that a teacher drugged and molested around 60
pupils. This highlights how difficult child abuse is to detect.
Tougher laws have to be implied against professionals that lie in
the family courts. I have yet to speak to anyone that police have
followed up complaints made to them against social services or
CFACASS lying in court or police investigations against judges that
ignore parent’s evidence.

Please answer what questions applies to yourself.

1. How many people have written to you in the last year with
regards to concerns of social services lying / falsifying /
misleading professionals or judges?

2. How many people have written to you in the last year with
regards to concerns of CAFCASS lying / falsifying / misleading
professionals or judges?

3. How many people have written to you in the last year with
regards to concerns of family court judges ignoring evidence from
parents?

4. How many cases has there been where social services have
concealed child abuse?

5. How many cases has there been where CAFCASS have concealed child
abuse?

6. How many cases had there been where judges ignored evidence of
child abuse?

7. How many family court judges have removed children from parents
for reporting child abuse?

8. How many family court judges have kept children with the parent
who reports child abuse?

9. How many children have been passed to the alleged abuser by
social services, CAFCASS or family court judges?

10. How many children been removed from the parent reporting abuse,
been passed back to the alleged abuser and self-harmed or attempted
suicide?

11. How many children been removed from the parent reporting abuse,
been passed back to the alleged abuser and committed suicide?

12. How many children have been abused in care?

13. Out of these children how many self-harmed?

14. Out of these how many committed suicide?

15. I refer to the case of Bill Starling, owned a care home and
abused children. We do know most of the children, now adults that
were abused as children are either in or have been in prison, or
dead. No one appears to join the dots between child abuse and
crime.
http://ukpaedos-exposed.com/2012/04/16/b...
What are the statistics of suicides in adults where childhood abuse
has been the cause?

16. What are the statistics of crime committed by adults where
childhood abuse has been the cause?

17. What are the statistics of prison population where childhood
abuse has been the cause?

18. Ofsted statistics from serious case reviews showed that fathers
and external family members were ignored and this was a factor in
the baby P case. I would like to know how many fathers have been
ignored for reporting abuse, and the same question for how many
mothers have been ignored?
http://www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk/d...

19. How many abusers have had the chance to abuse children more
“easily” because social services, CAFCASS have ignored evidence or
falsified concerns of the protective parents or had no concerns of
what the child had said or did not believe the children?

20. How many abusers have had the chance to abuse children more
“easily” because judges have ignored evidence that CAFCASS or
social services have lied to the courts or falsified concerns of
the protective parents?

21. How many cases have there been where social services or CAFCASS
have recommended to the family courts that the protective parents
be supervised for reporting suspected abuse?

22. How many cases have there been where protective parents have
been court ordered to be supervised for reporting suspected abuse?

23. How many cases have there been where children continue to
disclose abuse in contact and social services or CAFCASS ignore
these concerns?

24. What is the policy and or procedure should a child continue to
disclose abuse whilst in supervised contact? (i.e. should the child
be returned to the protective parent and re investigate or should
the authorities alter reports or sack contact workers raising
concerns to conceal this abuse) {case studies contact workers are
sacked for reporting concerns and contact workers reports altered
to misled the courts}

25. Has there been any cases where contact workers have been
removed or sacked for reporting concerns or reports altered to
conceal what the child has disclosed?

26. Has there been any cases where children have been returned to
the protective parent when a child continues to disclose abuse
during supervised contact?

27. Is it a criminal offense for a judge to ignore evidence that
social services or CAFCASS purposely misled the courts? If so what
is the offense?

28. Is it a criminal offense for social services or CAFCASS to
knowingly mislead the courts if so what is the offense?

Yours faithfully,

S. Prichard

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear S Pritchard

 

FOI Request ref:  4011 / Does Social Services, CAFCASS and Family Courts
make child abuse easy?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 20/5/2014 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Dear S Pritchard

 

FOI Request ref:  4011 / Does Social Services, CAFCASS and Family Courts
make child abuse easy?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 20/5/2014 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, but we do need some
clarification before we will be able to process your request.

 

You have not specified a time frame for your request other than in the
first three questions. For most of your questions we will need a time
frame to be able to provide a response.

 

Your request is on hold pending receipt of your clarification. Please
quote the above reference number in any communication regarding this
request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
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S. Prichard (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information,
Thank you for your reply

Since writing this FOI we have come across an article by NSPCC regarding how children are let down by the justice system. This supports our assertions that authorities and family courts are failing children on a daily basis.

We are asking for staff at your council to use the link below to write to their personal MP's to stop future failings and cover ups of child abuse by authorities and family courts.

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/news-and-views/o...

This other FOI to OFSTED may be of interest to you regarding authorities failing children.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...

Yours sincerely,

S. Prichard

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear S Prichard,

We have not receive4d a response from you regarding our request for clarification. We will not be able to process your request without the information that we have requested from you.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Coleman
Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council
Communities, Economy and Transport Directorate
W1D, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208
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S. Prichard (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your email please go back as far as you can to be within financial limits

Yours sincerely,

S. Prichard

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear S Pritchard,

Your request has been closed because we did not receive clarification.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Coleman
Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council
Communities, Economy and Transport Directorate
W1D, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208
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Dear S Pritchard,

I have re opened your request but we cannot process it under the terms that you have indicated. Please provide a time scale.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Coleman
Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council
Communities, Economy and Transport Directorate
W1D, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482913
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Dear S. Pritchard,

 

RE: FOI Request ref: 4011 / Does Social Services, CAFCASS and Family
Courts make child abuse easy?

 

Thank you for your e-mail stating the information you require within
financial limits, please could you clarify a time frame, as opposed to
financial limits.

 

A year from when you want this information would assist.

 

Your request is still on hold waiting for this clarification.

 

 

Regards

 

Janice

 

Janice Evans

Customer Information Advisor

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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S. Prichard (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Corporate FOI,

if you can do a year to today's date please

Yours sincerely,

S. Prichard

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear S Prichard

 

FOI Request ref:  4249/ Does Social Services, CAFCASS and Family Courts
make child abuse easy?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your clarified
request was received on 21/07/2014 and I am dealing with it under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Due to the clarification
received later than expected, the previous file has been closed and a new
file with a new number has been opened, this number is noted above.

We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, and in this case will do
so no later than 18/08/2014, which is the amended 20 working day deadline,
taking into account the period on hold awaiting your clarification. The
deadline is counted from the first working day we receive it, not the date
a letter is written / posted or an email sent.

Please quote the above reference number in any communication regarding
this request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Janice Evans

 

Customer Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
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East Sussex County Council

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Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear S Prichard

 

FOI Request ref:  4249/ Does Social Services, CAFCASS and Family Courts
make child abuse easy?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
information we provide is subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

 

 REQUEST

 

 

Please answer what questions applies to yourself.

 

1. How many people have written to you in the last year with regards to
concerns of social services lying / falsifying / misleading professionals
or judges?

 

2. How many people have written to you in the last year with regards to
concerns of CAFCASS lying / falsifying / misleading professionals or
judges?

 

3. How many people have written to you in the last year with regards to
concerns of family court judges ignoring evidence from parents?

 

4. How many cases has there been where social services have concealed
child abuse?

 

5. How many cases has there been where CAFCASS have concealed child abuse?

 

6. How many cases had there been where judges ignored evidence of child
abuse?

 

7. How many family court judges have removed children from parents for
reporting child abuse?

 

8. How many family court judges have kept children with the parent who
reports child abuse?

 

9. How many children have been passed to the alleged abuser by social
services, CAFCASS or family court judges?

 

10. How many children been removed from the parent reporting abuse, been
passed back to the alleged abuser and self-harmed or attempted suicide?

 

11. How many children been removed from the parent reporting abuse, been
passed back to the alleged abuser and committed suicide?

 

12. How many children have been abused in care?

 

13. Out of these children how many self-harmed?

 

14. Out of these how many committed suicide?

 

15. I refer to the case of Bill Starling, owned a care home and abused
children. We do know most of the children, now adults that were abused as
children are either in or have been in prison, or dead. No one appears to
join the dots between child abuse and crime.

[1]http://ukpaedos-exposed.com/2012/04/16/b...

What are the statistics of suicides in adults where childhood abuse has
been the cause?

 

16. What are the statistics of crime committed by adults where childhood
abuse has been the cause?

 

17. What are the statistics of prison population where childhood abuse has
been the cause?

 

18. Ofsted statistics from serious case reviews showed that fathers and
external family members were ignored and this was a factor in the baby P
case. I would like to know how many fathers have been ignored for
reporting abuse, and the same question for how many mothers have been
ignored?

[2]http://www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk/d...

 

19. How many abusers have had the chance to abuse children more “easily”
because social services, CAFCASS have ignored evidence or falsified
concerns of the protective parents or had no concerns of what the child
had said or did not believe the children?

 

20. How many abusers have had the chance to abuse children more “easily”
because judges have ignored evidence that CAFCASS or social services have
lied to the courts or falsified concerns of the protective parents?

 

21. How many cases have there been where social services or CAFCASS have
recommended to the family courts that the protective parents be supervised
for reporting suspected abuse?

 

22. How many cases have there been where protective parents have been
court ordered to be supervised for reporting suspected abuse?

 

23. How many cases have there been where children continue to disclose
abuse in contact and social services or CAFCASS ignore these concerns?

 

24. What is the policy and or procedure should a child continue to
disclose abuse whilst in supervised contact? (i.e. should the child be
returned to the protective parent and re investigate or should the
authorities alter reports or sack contact workers raising concerns to
conceal this abuse) {case studies contact workers are sacked for reporting
concerns and contact workers reports altered to misled the courts}

 

25. Has there been any cases where contact workers have been removed or
sacked for reporting concerns or reports altered to conceal what the child
has disclosed?

 

26. Has there been any cases where children have been returned to the
protective parent when a child continues to disclose abuse during
supervised contact?

 

27. Is it a criminal offense for a judge to ignore evidence that social
services or CAFCASS purposely misled the courts? If so what is the
offense?

 

28. Is it a criminal offense for social services or CAFCASS to knowingly
mislead the courts if so what is the offense?

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONSE

 

 

1.  East Sussex County Council Children’s Services department does not
record correspondence in such a way that it would be possible to answer
this question within the appropriate limit of staff time. There is no
central store of all correspondence received in to the Council. Teams /
officers are responsible for their own correspondence.  Correspondence
would be filed by the name of the complainant, and if it related to a
particular social care case, it would be stored on the case file.
Correspondence is not filed by the nature of the complaint – such as
‘concerns of social services lying’.

To be able to provide an answer to this question every piece of
correspondence would need to be individually checked by all staff holding
correspondence.

 

Section 12 FOIA 2000 provides that a public authority is not obliged to
comply with a request for information if it estimates that meeting the
request would exceed the appropriate cost limit.  This ‘appropriate limit’
is set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate
Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. The ‘appropriate limit’ for non Central
Government public authorities is currently set at £450. In relation to
staff time, this is calculated at a rate of £25 per member of staff per
hour. This effectively equates to a time limit of 18 staff hours.

 

The estimate for responding to this part of your request exceeds 18 hours
and therefore exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’. Where a public authority
estimates that responding to the request would exceed the appropriate
limit, there is no obligation on the public authority to carry out
searches up to the 18 hour limit.  Section 12 effectively removes the
information from the scope of the duty to disclose altogether.

 

I am therefore refusing this part of your request under the provisions of
Section 12 FOIA 2000.

 

Under the terms of the FOIA 2000 you are entitled to refine the
information that you are seeking.  The County Council would then
reconsider the request to determine whether it could provide the
information within the appropriate limit.

 

2. ESCC does not deal with CAFCASS complaints. However, again it would not
be possible to check our correspondence for the same reasons outlined
above and this part of your request is refused under Section 12 FOIA

 

3.  Please see response to question 1 above. This part of your request is
refused under Section 12 FOIA.

 

4. This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

5.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

6.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

7.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

8. This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

9. This information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

10.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

11.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

12.   In the calendar year, and last reporting period, April 2013 to March
2014, there were three substantiated allegations against foster carers.
One was of a physical nature, one was of neglect and one was of emotional
harm.

 

13.  In none of these cases is there any link to self-harm.

 

14.   None

 

15. This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

16.  This  information is not  held by East Sussex County Council.

 

17.  This information is not  held by East Sussex County Council.

 

18.  This  information  is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

19.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

20.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

21.  This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

22.  This  information  is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

23. This  information is not held by East Sussex County Council.

 

24.  If a child discloses abuse whilst in supervised contact, child
protection procedures should be followed and decision taken about holding
a multi-agency strategy discussion to decide whether welfare enquiries
under S47 of Children Act 1989 should be undertaken and whether a criminal
investigation should be undertaken.

 

25.  No; the circumstances described have not occurred in ESCC.

 

26.  I can confirm that there have been no children and families whose
disclosure of abuse has not followed safeguarding procedures. All concerns
involving a Care Plan of reunification are recorded and reported. Children
who return home typically retain a Community Family Worker (CFW) in a
family-support role to ensure they are supported at this critical time.

 

27. This is not a request for information held by East Sussex County
Council.

 

28. This is not a valid request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
It is not a request for recorded information but is in effect a request
for legal advice. However, please see the response below:

 

The answer is that the willful assertion as to a [3]matter of fact,
opinion, belief or knowledge, made by a witness in a [4]judicial
proceeding as part of his evidence, either upon oath or in any form
allowed by law to be substituted for an oath, whether such evidence is
given in open court, or in an affidavit or otherwise, such assertion being
known to such witness to be false and being intended by him to mislead the
court, jury, or person holding the [5]proceeding is perjury. This is an
offence pursuant to the Perjury Act 1911 and is punishable by a maximum of
 7 years' imprisonment

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Janice Evans

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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S. Prichard (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your information, we were wondering if you could expand on q24 where children disclose in contact

We are dealing with a case where social workers removed the child from a father for reporting suspected abuse. The child continued to disclose, the social worker lied to the courts that the child stopped disclosing after removal.

They recommended the child lived with the mother whom the child was previously removed from her care by different social services, but this was concealed to the courts by the new social services. the mother allows unsupervised contact with the person that has allegations of sexual abuse (historic and now)

the social worker said if a court has allowed a child to live at a place of risk then social workers have to allow the child to be sexually abused - is this correct.

the authority have intimidated / sacked contact workers for raising concerns

the parent has found hard evidence that the authority concerned has concealed evidence of child abuse.

Has any laws been broken and has social workers acted unlawfully. what can this parent do to protect his child.

Yours sincerely,

S. Prichard

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear S Prichard,

 

I have received your  e-mail regarding clarification of Q24, which is
being dealt with under the above refernce number.

 

We aim to respond as soon as possible, but no later than 18/08/2014.

 

Regards

 

 

 

 

Janice Evans

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

email: [1][East Sussex County Council request email]   web: [2]www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi

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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear S Pritchard,

 

Thank you for your email requesting clarification of our response to your
question number 24 of 28

 

You originally asked;

 

24. What is the policy and or procedure should a child continue to
disclose abuse whilst in supervised contact? (i.e. should the child be
returned to the protective parent and re investigate or should the
authorities alter reports or sack contact workers raising concerns to
conceal this abuse) {case studies contact workers are sacked for reporting
concerns and contact workers reports altered to misled the courts}

 

Our response was as follows:

 

If a child discloses abuse whilst in supervised contact, child protection
procedures should be followed and decision taken about holding a
multi-agency strategy discussion to decide whether welfare enquiries under
S47 of Children Act 1989 should be undertaken and whether a criminal
investigation should be undertaken.

 

This information was extracted (not word for word) from policies and
procedures that ESCC Children’s Services hold. i.e recorded information
held by a public authority. You have now asked?

 

Thank you for your information, we were wondering if you could expand on
q24 where children disclose in contact

 

We are dealing with a case where social workers removed the child from a
father for reporting suspected abuse.  The child continued to disclose,
the social worker lied to the courts that the child stopped disclosing
after removal.

 

They recommended the child lived with the mother whom the child was
previously removed from her care by different social services, but this
was concealed to the courts by the new social services.  the mother allows
unsupervised contact with the person that has allegations of sexual abuse
(historic and now)

 

the social worker said if a court has allowed a child to live at a place
of risk then social workers have to allow the child to be sexually abused
- is this correct. 

 

the authority have intimidated / sacked contact workers for raising
concerns

 

the parent has found hard evidence that the authority concerned has
concealed evidence of child abuse.

 

Has any laws been broken and has social workers acted unlawfully.  what
can this parent do to protect his child. 

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)provides public access to
information held by public authorities,

It does this in two ways:

o Public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about
their activities; and
o Members of the public are entitled to request information from public
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The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and by UK-wide public authorities
based in Scotland. Recorded information includes printed documents,
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Your request does not appear to be a request for recorded information and
is therefore not currently a valid request under the terms of the FOIA. It
appears to be a request for legal advice. We are keen to assist you but
can only respond to requests for recorded information. Would you please
therefore clarify what recorded information you would like us to provide.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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S. Prichard (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your reply. Yes it is more so legal info required and advice on how to protect this child. The parent is at wits end

The council is refusing to speak to the parent or police regarding the concealing of sexual abuse, the council has passed the blame on CAFCASS, the other council (whom has clearly been misled) and the family courts for the cover up.

Yours sincerely,

S. Prichard

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear S Prichard,

We can only respond to requests for recorded information. We cannot provide legal advice.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Coleman
Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council
Communities, Economy and Transport Directorate
W1D, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208
email: [East Sussex County Council request email]   web: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi
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