Council response to Pindown

Angie Nickson made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Please could you send me, as "Word/Open office" documents if possible

1. The attendance and agenda of the minutes of the meeting of the of 14 June 1991 of the Child Care sub committee
2. The attendance and the agenda of the minutes of the Social Services Committee of 14 Jan 1992,
3. The attendance, agenda and relevant part of the minutes of when the Action plan was received by Full council.
4. The District Auditors Report on Fundwell
5. The First Annual Report as mentioned 15 (d) of the Draft Action Plan from CCSC 13 jun 1991
6. Progress report mentioned in 26 (c) of Jun 1992
7. First Annual Report from July 1992 (15d) of 14 Jan 1992 Report of Director of SSC (probably the same as 5.)
8. Report of Function and role of SSC structure, Report to SSC July 1992 (24) of 14 Jan 1992 Report of Director of SSC

Yours faithfully,

Angie Nickson

Sharman, Matthew (D,L&T), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Angie Nickson,

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards

Matthew Sharman
Access to Information Assistant
Information Governance Unit
3rd Floor
Staffordshire Place 2
STAFFORD
ST16 2LP
Tel: 01785 - 895739
[email address]

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Sharman, Matthew (D,L&T), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Ms Nickson,

Thank you for your request for information.

In response to your request we have carried out a search of various
Staffordshire County Council committee & sub-committee records for the
information you have requested that is part of, or referenced in, the
following documents.  I can confirm that a majority of these documents are
publically available and are therefore exempt from release under section
21 (Information accessible to the applicant by other means) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.  We have however extracted some information which
you will find attached.  

 

1.    Report to the Child Care Sub-Committee 14^th June 1991, Report of
the Director of Social Services, “The Pindown Experience and the
Protection of Children” – Initial Response

 

2.    Social Services Committee 14^th January 1992, Report of the Director
of Social Services, “The Pindown Experience and the Protection of
Children”: Report by Mr Alan Levy and Mrs Barbara Kahan

 

 

Information located

 

1.    Child Care [Policy] Sub-committee – Meeting minutes 14 June 1991 –
ATTACHED

·         Attendance         Located & copied

·         Agenda                Located & copied

Please note: The source of the information that you were originally
supplied with was from a ‘department copy’ of the minutes. The source of
the ‘official copy’ of information we supplied to you would appear to be
contained within the minutes of the Social Services Committee held on
19^th June 1991 appearing as item 8 on the agenda “Minutes of the Child
Care Policy Sub-Committee – 14 June 1991…”.

However, the appended copy of the minutes of 14 June are headed “Report to
the Child Care Sub-Committee”. Copies from the Social Services Committee
minutes are enclosed to illustrate this.

The requested sub-committee record of attendance & agenda are headed
“Minutes of the Social Care Child Care Policy Sub-Committee Held on 14
June 1991”.

Sources: Staffordshire Record Office

·         Staffordshire County Council Social Care Committee, 19 June 1991
– 6 September 1991

SRO Ref. CC/B/132/20

·         Child Care Policy Committee, October 1990 – June 1991

SRO Ref. CC/B/151/1

 

2.    Social Services Committee – Meeting minutes 14 January 1992 –
ATTACHED

·         Attendance         Located & copied

·         Agenda                Located & copied

Source: Staffordshire Record Office

·         Staffordshire County Council Social Services Committee, 30
October 1991- 18 March 1992

SRO Ref. CC/B/132/21

 

3.    Staffordshire County Council meeting – Submission of Action Plan for
consideration by full council - ATTACHED

Located in meeting minutes of the Council 8 July 1991

·         Attendance         Located & copied

Note: The minutes contain both a list of those present at the commencement
of the meeting & following an adjournment (present at 2:30 following which
report of the Social Services Committee was considered

Note: contains both list of those present at the commencement of the
meeting & attendance following an adjournment listing those present at
2:30 following which report of the Social Services Committee was
considered.

·         Agenda                Not contained within bound volume of
minutes

·         Relevant part(s) of minutes                  Located & copied

·   Resolution & adoption of Report of Social Services Committee Items 238
& 239

·   Extracts from report - Appendices I including recommendations & draft
report submitted for Council approval& appendices to Appendix I

Source: Staffordshire Record Office

Staffordshire County Council Minutes of Proceedings, 9 May 1991 – 27
February 1992

SRO Ref CC/A/64

 

4.    The District Auditor’s report on Fundwell – (This file is too large
to send via email, it is however publically available to view at Stafford
Record Office. Contact details are below)

·         Agenda & Director of Social Services Report 14 January 1992

·         Report     

Source: Staffordshire Record Office

The “Fundwell” Organisations, Report of the District Auditor to the
Chairman and Members of Staffordshire County Council Under the Terms of
Section 15(3) of the Local Government Finance Act, December 1991. G.W.
Sutton, District Auditor.

Please note: The report has been located in two sources:

·         Staffordshire County Council Social Services Committee, 30
October 1991- 18 March 1992 (Bound with minutes)

SRO Ref. CC/B/132/21

·         Child Care Enquiry (sic) Special Committee, 10 July 1991 – 9
July 1992 (Separate ring bound volume within bundle)

SRO Ref. CC/B/167/1

5.    Referenced source (1) dated June 1991 – Child Care [Policy]
Sub-Committee

Action Plan 15(d) - Action Plan First Annual Report -  Action date July
1992

(See request 7 below)

·         Progress report referred to 15(d) does appear to be the same as
the first annual report that is also referred to in the copy of
information previously provided from departmental copy of Social Services
Committee 14 January 1992

 

6.    Referenced source (2) dated January 1992 – ATTACHED

Progress Report 26(c) – Progress Report to Social Services Committee – No
Action Date

·         Progress report – Possibly located in reports of Director of
Social Services, Agenda item 9d, Social Services Committee 12 January 1993
(& information copied)

Source: Staffordshire Records Office

·         Staffordshire County Council Social Services, 12 January 1993 –
17 March 1993

SRO Ref. CC/B/132/23

 

7.    Referenced source (1) dated 1992 – Social Services Committee

Action Plan 15(d) - Action Plan First Annual Report -  Action date July
1992

(See also request 5 above – Both sources appear to reference the same
“first annual report”)

The following volumes of Social Care Committee minutes& associated reports
have been searched but no obvious ‘progress report’ found (unless same as
referred to in answer to Q8 below):

·         SRO Ref. CC/B/132/21 – October 1991 – March 1992

·         SRO Ref. CC/B/132/22 – May 1992 – December 1992

·         SRO Ref. CC/B/132/23 – January 1993 – March 1993

 

8.    Referenced source (2) dated January 1992 – ATTACHED

Progress Report (24) (Function & role of Social Services Committee
Structure)

– Progress Report to Social Services Committee – No Action Date

Located in: Social Services Committee Meeting 18 march 1992

·         Attendance         Located & copied

·         Agenda                Located & copied

·         Relevant part(s) of minutes – Located & copied

·   Agenda item 9 – Reports of Director of Social Services

9(f) Review of Social Services Committee structure and associated Member
activities (Joint report with County Clerk and Chief executive)

Source: Staffordshire Records Office

·         Staffordshire County Council Social Services, 30  October 1991 –
18 March 1992

SRO Ref. CC/B/132/21

 

Availability

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& sub-committees are made available at the Stafford Record Office.

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If you have any queries or require any further information please do not
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request has been handled by our authority, please write to Philip Jones,
Head of Information Governance, Information Governance Unit, Staffordshire
County Council, Wedgwood Building, Block A, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16
2DH.

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Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Sharman

Access to Information Assistant

Information Governance Unit

3rd Floor

Staffordshire Place 2

STAFFORD

ST16 2LP

Tel: 01785 - 895739

[5][email address]

 

 

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Dear Sharman, Matthew (D,L&T),

I am very grateful for that information

Yours sincerely,

Angie Nickson

Dear Sharman, Matthew (D,L&T),

Thank you for the documents you sent on a recent request., accessible here https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c....
I asked for them in Word/open office format. I am not sure what foramt you provided them in , but i can deal with them, by pressin gon the html part and saving them, which is good. However one document eludes me - the one labelled 3,
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...,
where there is only partial document , it behaves differently from the rest and i cannot save it .
The WDTK website says that you have provided this differently to the others, in photographic form. Is it possible for you to provide it in the same format as the others, and tell me what this is, so I may ask for this on requests with other people.
Thankyou

Yours sincerely,

Angie Nickson

Sharman, Matthew (D,L&T), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Angie,

Thank you for your email.

I apologise that you have had difficulties downloading some of the information. Due to the information being scanned documents we were unable to provide these in Word format, they were sent to you in a PDF format.

If you would like to respond to the Staffordshire County Council FOI email address below and provide a direct email for yourself or postal address we can re-send you the information:

[Staffordshire County Council request email]

Kind regards

Matthew Sharman
Access to Information Assistant
Information Governance Unit
3rd Floor
Staffordshire Place 2
STAFFORD
ST16 2LP
[email address]

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Barbara Richards left an annotation ()

I am one of the victims of Pindown child abuse, and I've now been illegally and inappropriately sectioned to St George's Psychiatric Hospital 4 times,the first time aged 14 ( for trying to run away from a children's home where we were being abused and used as sex slaves). There is no appropriate aftercare offered for Pindown victims, and At George's Psychiatric Hospital even tried to ban me from talking about the subject!