I'm looking for as much information as possible concerning the deaths of children known to the authority's social services department.
If my questions could be better refined in order to achieve a disclosure that provides the information I'm asking for, I'd appreciate your guidance in that respect.
I'd like the responses to the following questions in an Excel spreadsheet, please.
1. How many children known to your social services department died between 1 January 2017 and August 1 2022? Please breakdown by year.
2. In each instance, please provide the following:
a. The child's age
b. The area the child was living in (i.e. town, rather than street)
c. An indication as to whether the child was subject to a Child Protection Plan
d. An indication as to whether the child was Looked After
e. An indication as to whether the child had been identified as a Child in Need and if so, on what basis (i.e. abuse, neglect, domestic violence, etc)
f. The cause of death
g. A link to, or disclosure of, details outlined in any reviews conducted into the death
If you need me to clarify any of the above, or you believe the questions should be refined or reframed to meet the terms of the FOI Act, please contact me as soon as possible.
Thank you for your e-mail.
I can confirm this has been forwarded to the Freedom on Information department, who will reply to you directly, in due course.
Customer Services Officer
Copeland Borough Council
Tel: 01946 598300
[Copeland Borough Council request email]
Copeland Borough Council, Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7JG. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303. www.copeland.gov.uk, [Copeland Borough Council request email]
Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland
Thank you for your request for information.
Your request for information has been considered in accordance with the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I can advise that the information requested falls within the remit of
Cumbria County Council and not Copeland Borough Council. The contact is
I hope this is the information you require, but do not hesitate to contact
me if you wish to clarify anything further.
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