1997 Barbara Kahan and Bodil Mylnarska inquiry report on Stockgrove Park School

Cathy Fox made this Freedom of Information request to Camden Borough Council

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The request was refused by Camden Borough Council.

Dear Camden Borough Council,

Please could you release the 1997 Barbara Kahan and Bodil Mylnarska inquiry report on Stockgrove Park School commissioned by Camden social services.
Please could you also detail what other information the council holds about this report.

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

CSF Freedom of Information, Camden Borough Council

Dear Ms Fox

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request received on 3rd June 2013

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then it will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case.

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Regards

Children Schools and Families Freedom of Information
London Borough of Camden
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Dear Ms Fox

Please see attached in relation to your Freedom of Information request.

Regards

Children Schools and Families Freedom of Information
London Borough of Camden
Telephone: 020 7974 2850
Web: camden.gov.uk
Email: [email address]

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Dear Neil CSF Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your reply stating that you require more time to judge whether it will the public interest in publishing the 1997 Barbara Kahan and Bodil Mylnarska report on Stockgrove Park School outweighs the risk to any individual, if that may be given as a correct summary.
May I ask whether the individuals safety you have in mind are possible victims of child abuse? If this is the case I will accept redaction of the parts if necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

CSF Freedom of Information, Camden Borough Council

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Dear Ms Fox

 

Please see attached in relation to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Regards

 

Children Schools and Families Freedom of Information
London Borough of Camden
Telephone:     020 7974 2850
Web:              camden.gov.uk  
Email:            [1][email address]

 

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Dear Helen McMullen ,Jo Olsson ,Neil Murphy ,CSF Freedom of Information, ( it is difficult to tell from the reply who I should address it to)

Under S 16 FOI Act 2000, "Duty to provide advice and assistance.(1)It shall be the duty of a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who propose to make, or have made, requests for information to it."
1 Please could you state why redaction would not alleviate, minimise and /or mitigate the possibility of any risks to mental health?
2 The focus of section 38 does not appear to be on this type of information requested- See B on this link http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/...
3
Freedom of Information Act - Awareness Guidance No 19
E) THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST
Section 38 is a qualified exemption. This means that
even if the information requested is exempt the public authority must decide whether the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in its disclosure. In other words the harm that would be likely to be caused to any individual by the disclosure would be greater than the public interest in the disclosure.
Although the Act does not list the factors that would favour disclosure, the Information Commissioner has suggested that among the factors that would weigh in favour of disclosure are:
Furthering the understanding and participation in the public debate of issues of the day.
Promoting accountability and transparency by public authorities for decisions taken by them.•
Promoting accountability and transparency in the spending of public money.
Allowing individuals, companies and other bodies to understand decisions made by public authorities affecting their lives.
Bringing to light information affecting public health and safety.
http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/...
Although your reply gave reasons why the public interest may be outweighed, it did not give reasons why the public interest might outweigh the harm caused to individuals, apart from "could contribute to learning" Why?
4 The staff members and professionals that were contacted to discuss the possibility of harm to the ex residents, how many were contacted and what steps were made to ensure that these individuals were not actually abusers of the ex residents and it was in their selfish interest to make any excuse that the report not be published?
5 What efforts were made to separate the selfish interests of Camden Borough Council, presumably a corporation from the public interest?

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Michael Warby, Camden Borough Council

Camden Council - Information request (FOI/EIR) - Children, schools and
families

Our reference: 8586595

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Dear Ms. Fox

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - Application for Internal review

I acknowledge receipt of your request of 30^th July 2013 constituting an
application for an internal review of the reply issued to you on 26^th
July 2013.
 
The Borough Solicitor will consider your request.
 
It has been listed provisionally for consideration on 21^st August 2013.
 
For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions that may
prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.
 
If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to
release the information to you. If you have any queries or concerns then
please contact me at the address above.
 
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
[1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
Yours sincerely

Michael Warby
Access to Information Officer - FOI & DPA

Email: [email address]
Phone: 020 7974 7857

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Dear Michael Warby,

Further to my email , which you perceived to be a request for internal review , please could you also answer why no victims were consulted.
I have consulted victims of child sexual abuse, a couple of their responses follow

"Local authorities have generally covered up, for only their own protection, have rarely shown much support or care to victims, often later on mistreating many again, by using their abuse to remove children from them.
This cannot be highlighted and stopped without historic abuse cases being revisited, now that more parents are waking up to the fact that hiding abuse has left them vulnerable to being revictimised by services, rather than being helped.
The key factor is effective support being offered and given."

"It is in the public interest, including the former residents and their families, that justice be done, and be seen to be done. Any motion to keep things hidden and secret keeps the shame of abuse on the victims. Bringing it out into the open may well be the start of healing for those affected. In any case, the shame belongs to the perpetrators and therefore the spotlight should be on them, with support put in place to everyone concerned. It sounds like another disgraceful cover-up."

http://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/07/30...

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Michael Warby, Camden Borough Council

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Camden Council - Information request (FOI/EIR) - Children, schools and
families

Our reference: 8586595

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Dear Ms. Fox

Please find attached the decision in relation to your complaint,
concerning the management of your request for information to the London
Borough of Camden. Please accept my apology for not sending the response
to until today.

Yours sincerely

Michael Warby
Access to Information Officer - FOI & DPA

Email: [email address]
Phone: 020 7974 7857