Dear Wandsworth Borough Council,

Please could you tell me the titles, dates and authors of any reports you hold on Beechholme House Childrens home
This would include
Any reports commissioned or held on child abuse at beecholme
Any inspection reports held, authored by SSI or equivalent London County Council
Any reports about Beecholme other purposes to the social services committee or equivalent
Any Annual Reports

Possibel search terms are both spellings -Beechholme, Beecholme,
Beechholme Fir Tree Road, Banstead, Surrey
Beechholme Childrens Community
Beechholme Chidlrens Home
Geoffrey Banner
Cedar House, Jasmine House

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2017/15363 - Reports on Beecholme House
Children's Home

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Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2017/15363 - Reports on Beecholme House
Children's Home

 

I refer to your request for information received on 03/08/2017. Please see
the information below in response to your request: -

Please could you tell me the titles, dates and authors of any reports you
hold on Beechholme House Childrens home This would include Any reports
commissioned or held on child abuse at beecholme Any inspection reports
held, authored by SSI or equivalent London County Council Any reports
about Beecholme  other purposes to the social services committee or
equivalent Any Annual Reports

 

Possibel search terms are both spellings -Beechholme, Beecholme,
Beechholme Fir Tree Road, Banstead, Surrey Beechholme Childrens Community
Beechholme Chidlrens Home Geoffrey Banner Cedar House, Jasmine House

This information is not held by Wandsworth Council. The information may be
available from the London Metropolitan Archives.

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Dear Wandsworth Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wandsworth Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Beechholme House Childrens Home'.

It is scarcely believable that you have no records of any child abuse report titles. If so then it would appear that the Council is negligent, Please internally review my request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

Latif, Ahmet, Wandsworth Borough Council

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Dear Cathy Fox

Please find attached the Council's response to your request for internal
review. Please accept my apologies for the fact this was delayed but it
was essential that I comprehensively established the position with regard
to any reports that were held, in undertaking the internal review.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Ahmet Latif
Corporate and Statutory Complaints and FOI Manager

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Latif, Ahmet, Wandsworth Borough Council

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Dear Cathy Fox

Please find attached the Council's response to your request for internal
review. Please accept my apologies for the fact this was delayed but it
was essential that I comprehensively established the position with regard
to any reports that were held, in undertaking the internal review.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Ahmet Latif
Corporate and Statutory Complaints and FOI Manager

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Dear Latif, Ahmet,

I note the internal review that stated the previous information from Wandsworth Council was wrong and that they did hold some of the information. Thank you.
Please tell me how many reports you hold and how many pages they are.
Please tell me when the investigations began to which section 31 applies according to Wandsworth

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Dear Latif, Ahmet,

2017/15363
Further to my last email on my foi, please couldyou state exactly which subsection of s31 you are relying on for the exemption.
Please provide me with the public interest test as required by ico guidance and law

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Latif, Ahmet, Wandsworth Borough Council

Dear Cathy Fox

 

The subsections relied on in this case are s31 (1) (a) (b)  and (c) as
noted below.

 

Section 31 Law enforcement.

 

(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is
exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice—

 

                (a) the prevention or detection of crime,

 

                (b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders,

 

                (c) the administration of justice,

 

The public interest test

 

Section 31 Arguments in favour of disclosure:

 

·         There is a general presumption in the FOI Act that disclosure of
information is in the public interest.

 

·         There is a public interest in the disclosure of information
which leads to transparency about how public organisations  conduct their
affairs.

 

 

Section 31 Arguments against disclosure:

 

·         It is considered that disclosure of the information in question
would be likely to prevent the detection of crime; the apprehension or
prosecution of offenders; and the administration of justice.

·         It is considered that disclosure of the information in question
would be likely to prejudice ongoing investigations into the matters
regarding Beecholme Care Home.

·         Given that the investigations concern non-recent matters,
relating to over 40 years ago, and the consequent fact that obtaining
evidence is that much more difficult in such historical cases, any
disclosure would be likely to make the efforts to gather  evidence much
more difficult or simply no longer possible.

·         It is considered that disclosure of the information in question
would be likely to have a profound and detrimental impact on any victims
who were identified as a result of the disclosure. 

 

 

The balance of the public interest test is against disclosure in this case
given the likely prejudice that would be caused to law enforcement
activities as noted above, as well as  the impact on any victims.

 

Information held by the local authority

 

The Council holds one report and some further information not held as part
of a report. It is considered that all such information is exempt from
disclosure under s31 (1) (a) (b) and (c). The release of either the report
or any other information held would be likely  to have the impacts
identified under ‘Arguments against disclosure’ as noted above.  The
report is six pages long. The date investigations started is not held.

 

 

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Ahmet Latif

Corporate and Statutory Complaints and FOI Manager

Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

020 8831 6294

[1][email address]

[2]www.richmond.gov.uk and [3]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear Latif, Ahmet,

Thank you for the prompt detail.
The correct original reply should have been received by approx 3 Sept, were the investigations in progress then and by who?
Has the report and other information been given to police and or the CSA Inquiry?
Which bodies are you saying that the FOI release of this information would hamper?
Has the Council contacted the London Met Archives to see what information that they may hold on the abuse, which may be useful for the Council, Survivors Groups, Polcie and CSA Inquiry? If so what is that list, including titles and dates and the number of relevant reports and pieces of information?

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Latif, Ahmet, Wandsworth Borough Council

I will be out of the office on Thursday 7th December, returning on Friday
8th December 2017.

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Latif, Ahmet, Wandsworth Borough Council

Dear Cathy Fox

 

You're welcome and I hope you will appreciate that whilst I have been
seeking to respond to your enquiries in as helpful a way as possible, I
must take care to do so having regard to the legal requirement not to
prejudice ongoing enquiries into the matter. However, I have noted
responses to your further questions below.

 

- Yes, enquiries in respect of law enforcement were in progress by 3rd
September 2017.

- The report held by the authority is an internal document. The report
itself has not been shared with any other bodies, although some of the
information it contains will have been shared, where strictly necessary,
for the purposes of law enforcement.

- Release of the report would be likely to prejudice the progress of
ongoing enquiries in respect of law enforcement.

 

- The Council's current and ongoing focus is on the matter of law
enforcement; I have not been able to establish that any Council officers
have sought to obtain archived material from the London Metropolitan
Archives in respect of this matter.  

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

Ahmet Latif

Corporate and Statutory Complaints and FOI Manager

Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

020 8831 6294

[1][email address]

[2]www.richmond.gov.uk and [3]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear Latif, Ahmet,

Thanks again for your prompt reply

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

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