Child sexual abuse St leonards Children Home and others by Bill Starling, Alan Prescott and Haydn Davies.

rebecca hemsley made this Freedom of Information request to Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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The request was refused by Tower Hamlets Borough Council.

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

I believe that at St Leonards Childrens Home 1965 -1984, Myrtle Cottage and Wallis Cottage and The Greensteads child sexual abuse happened from at least 1965-1984 perpetrated by 3 Tower Hamlets employees Bill Starling, Alan Prescott and Haydn Davies.

Please could you send me a copy of the Review that was carried into the abuse around the time of the trial in October 2001

Yours faithfully,

rebecca hemsley

Misbaul Faim, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 FOI Request

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as required by the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

If the time taken to meet your request is likely to exceed 18 hours, we
will likely refuse to provide the information.  In that case, we will try
to contact you and offer advice and assistance on how to amend your
request to bring it below this time limit.

 

Regards

 

Misbaul Faim

Information Governance Administrator

Legal Services 6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

020 7364 1714

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Samir Kamil, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Rebecca

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000: FOI 9899 Child sexual abuse St Leonards
Children Home copy of the review

 

Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

 

1.    I believe that at St Leonards Children's Home 1965 -1984, Myrtle
Cottage and Wallis Cottage and The Greensteads child sexual abuse happened
from at least 1965-1984 perpetrated by 3 Tower Hamlets employees Bill
Starling, Alan Prescott and Haydn Davies.

 

Please could you send me a copy of the Review that was carried into the
abuse around the time of  the trial in October 2001

 

Your request for information has been considered by the council and
unfortunately your request cannot be met on this occasion.

 

The exemption under the Act that has led to this decision is Section 40(2)
– Personal information.

 

The report requested is exempt under section 40 because it contains a
large amount of personal and sensitive information about the staff and
young people that worked in those children's homes. The disclosure of the
report could lead to the identification of the individuals involved,
including those who were not involved and those who were the victims of
the allegations.

 

It is a matter of public record that Bill Starling and Alan Prescott were
both convicted in 2001 of abuse  against Children in St Leonards. Bill
Starling received a 14 year sentence and Alan Prescott a 2 year sentence.
The allegations against  Hayden Davies were not proven.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of information Act 2000 this email acts as
a Refusal Notice.

 

I am sorry that your request is not being fully met on this occasion.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Samir Kamil

ESCW Information Governance Team

T: 0207 364 2159

E: [1][email address]

 

Education, Social Care and Wellbeing Directorate

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Mulberry Place

5 Clove Crescent

London E14

 

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Act 2000 request will be subject to copyright protection. In most cases
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Tower Hamlets Town Hall

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Telephone: 01625 545 700

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Dear Samir Kamil,

Thank you for the reply, the refusal and the exemption 40 (2) and the further information.
Please could you confirm as in the FOI Act 2000 that
1. you hold the report
2. The further detail and section than 40 (2) for the refusal
Could you also under S16 give me the full and correct title of the review, and the number of pages.
Could you also provide me with a redacted copy of the review

Yours sincerely,

rebecca hemsley

Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

Please could I receive a response, my requested information is way overdue

Yours faithfully,

rebecca hemsley

Redouane Serroukh, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Rebecca,

 

Firstly please accept our sincere apology for not receiving a response
sooner. It was our understanding that a response was provided, however due
to an oversight on our part it is now apparent that you did not receive
the response.

 

To answer your follow up questions, I can confirm that a 50 page report
exists with the title 'Report on allegations of the abuse of children in
the residential care of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets from 1966
onwards'.

 

This report was only circulated with the classification 'restricted' and
produced to form part of the legal advice to the Council.

 

On further consideration of your request it is felt that in addition to
the section 40(2) - Personal Information exemption that has already been
provided, the exemption under section 42 – Legal Professional Privilege
also applies.

 

This exemption applies, as in addition to the information contained in the
report that could potentially identify individuals based on their
positions and circumstances, the report was produced to form legal advice
to the council and is therefore exempt under section 42 – Legal
Professional Privilege of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

In considering the public interest test, the report requested has not
previously been disclosed in the public domain and therefore the council
considers that the legal professional privilege attached to legal advice
provided to the council still applies. The information that is in the
public domain has already been provided to you with respect to the outcome
and conviction of two of the 3 individuals mentioned in your original
email (‘It is a matter of public record that Bill Starling and Alan
Prescott were  both convicted in 2001 of abuse  against Children in St
Leonards. Bill  Starling received a 14 year sentence and Alan Prescott a 2
year sentence. The allegations against  Hayden Davies were not proven’).

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this email acts as
a Refusal Notice.

                      

Once again, I am sorry that you were not able to receive this response
sooner and that both exemptions were not provided in the first instance.

 

Kind regards

 

Redouane Serroukh
Information Governance Officer

London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG

 

Tel: 020 7364 6570
Email: [1][email address]

 

 

 

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S. Prichard left an annotation ()

How did you get on with this request. we view the "refusal to answer" is basically they cannot answer or don't want to answer and are happy to cover up.

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