Chief Executives Report June and October 2015

Stuart Maskery made this Freedom of Information request to Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

Under the Freedom of Information Act and the general principles of the right to know I wish to ask for:

1. Copies of the Chief Executives Report submitted to the board meetings on 19th June 2015 and 23rd October 2015 as I wish to challenge your use of an Section 35 exemption (with unspecified subsection) under the Freedom of Information Act as for many years the Chief Executives report has been openly published on your website and I see no reason why it should not continue.

2. Confirmation that for these meetings on the 19th June 2015 and 23rd October 2105 only 1 set of minutes exist and your organisation has not taken a retrograde step in returning to Public and Private minutes.

3. I request copies of the "Private" minutes for the above meetings if such documents exist.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Maskery

Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

Dear Mr Maskery

Thank you for your email. Please accept this as a formal acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information requests received on 26 February 2016.

Your reference number is CAF 16-27.

We aim to respond to you promptly, and at the latest 20 working days from receipt of your request. You will therefore receive a response on or before 24 March 2016.

Kind regards,

Governance Team | Cafcass
G [CAFCASS request email] |  www.cafcass.gov.uk 

Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

Under the Freedom of Information Act and the general principles of
the right to know I wish to ask for:

1. Copies of the Chief Executives Report submitted to the board
meetings on 19th June 2015 and 23rd October 2015 as I wish to
challenge your use of an Section 35 exemption (with unspecified
subsection) under the Freedom of Information Act as for many years
the Chief Executives report has been openly published on your
website and I see no reason why it should not continue.

2. Confirmation that for these meetings on the 19th June 2015 and
23rd October 2105 only 1 set of minutes exist and your organisation
has not taken a retrograde step in returning to Public and Private
minutes.

3. I request copies of the "Private" minutes for the above meetings
if such documents exist.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Maskery

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Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Mr Maskery

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

* [1][CAFCASS request email] | ü [2]www.cafcass.gov.uk 

 

[3]Cafcass_Logo_2014_email

 

 

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Stephen Charlesworth left an annotation ()

In other words we have concerns ourselves about poor service but don't want to admit it.

Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service's handling of my FOI request 'Chief Executives Report June and October 2015'. as I wish to challenge the use of a section 36 exemption in this matter as:-

1.For many years these reports were available when the board minutes were published.
2. You state that this exemption is to stimulate free and open discussion on live issues, however given that these reports have been openly published for years to use an S36 exemption to and to justify that with the fact that withholding the reports outways the public interest is a giant retrograde step for your organisation in transparency, one I will not hesitate to challenge with the yourselves and with the Information Commissioner
3 Withholding the Chief Executives report is giant retrograde step backwards any attempt at transparency of management your organisation may have if the "man at the top" 's reports are not freely available as they have been for many years.
4. I do not wish to see your organisation return to the policy or constantly hiding behind exemptions in publishing both Board Reports and Board Minutes, a policy I personally successfully challenged with the information commissioner as a failure to be fully transparent with members of the public makes CAFCASS seem if they are again hiding serious matters behind closed doors.

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

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Maskery

Stuart Maskery left an annotation ()

Steven,

Wait, I always knew this would end up at the ICO's office like it did when I successfully challenged witholding Board Minutes and Reports years back.

Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

Dear Mr Maskery

Thank you for your email. Please accept this as a formal acknowledgement of your request for an internal review received on 12 March 2016.

Your reference number is CAF 16-27.

We aim to respond to you promptly, and at the latest 20 working days from receipt of your request. You will therefore receive a response on or before 12 April 2016.

Kind regards,

Governance Team | Cafcass
G [CAFCASS request email] |  www.cafcass.gov.uk 

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Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Mr Maskery

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review
of our previous response.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

* [1][CAFCASS request email] | ü [2]www.cafcass.gov.uk 

 

[3]Cafcass_Logo_2014_email

 

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