Duffy Inquiry Taff Vale Childrens Home

Cathy Fox made this Freedom of Information request to South Wales Police

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Dear South Wales Police,

Please could you send me the Report of the Duffy Inquiry into Taff Vale Childrens Home in Cardiff in approximately 1996/7.
Cardiff Council think you would hold it

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Fox,

 

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your e-mail dated 17^th October
2013, regarding the report of the Duffy Inquiry into Taff Vale Childrens
Home in Cardiff in approximately 1996/7.

 

This letter confirms that your request has now been passed to our FOI
officers who will review the contents of your request and establish if a)
your request is valid under the FOI Act and b) if any further
clarification is required from you to allow us to progress further.

 

Should you wish to contact us regarding your request, please quote
reference number 832/13 on any correspondence. Should you wish to contact
us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[3][South Wales Police request email]. (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a further delay to your request).

 

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Constabulary’s full process
you are still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your
comments to the Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

 

Kind regards,

 

Bethan Evans

Research and Data Quality Officer/Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data

Data Management Unit & Disclosure Unit/Rheoli Data ac Uned Datgelu

South Wales Police HQ/Pencadlys yr Heddlu

Cowbridge Road/Heol y Bont-Faen

Bridgend/Penybont ar Ogwr

CF31 3SU

Internal/Mewnol: 26677

DD Telephone/Telliffon 01656 303444

E-mail/E-bost: [4][email address]

Do you need to speak to police but don t require an emergency response?
Call 101 The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

Ydych chi angen siarad gyda r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101 Gellir defnyddio r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

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South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Fox,

 

I write in relation to your request 832/13 requesting: the report of the
Duffy Inquiry into Taff Vale children’s Home.

 

It is not possible to progress your request at this time, as clarification
is needed from you to enable us to locate the information you have asked
for.

 

We have contacted our Specialist Crime department regarding your request.
Specialist Crime does not appear to hold the report. Are you able to
provide us with any urther information that could help us locate the files
(for example, who was involved with the report ect.)?

In line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 10(6), the 20
working day timescale will be suspended until the required clarification
has been received, restarting on the date when the information is
received.  If we do not receive clarification from you then your request
will be closed 20 working days from the date of this email.

 

Many thanks,

 

Bethan Evans

Research and Data Quality Officer/Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data

Data Management Unit & Disclosure Unit/Rheoli Data ac Uned Datgelu

South Wales Police HQ/Pencadlys yr Heddlu

Cowbridge Road/Heol y Bont-Faen

Bridgend/Penybont ar Ogwr

CF31 3SU

Internal/Mewnol: 26677

DD Telephone/Telliffon 01656 303444

E-mail/E-bost: [1][email address]

 

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Ydych chi angen siarad gyda r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101 Gellir defnyddio r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don t require an emergency response?
Call 101 The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Dear Bethan South Wales Police,

Thank you for your response.

I do not have the original information just to hand.
However a quick google search finds this
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...
which includes this information

Submitted by Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Tinnuche, Senior Investigating Officer, Operation Goldfinch, South Wales Police (CA 193)

1. Do police methods of trawling for evidence involve a disproportionate use of resources and produce unreliable evidence for prosecution?

Operation Goldfinch was launched on the 21 April 1997 and emanated from the first ever historic institutional abuse enquiry conducted by South Wales Police; the investigation of the Taff Vale Children's home Cardiff, Operation Duffy.

This operation was commenced in September 1996 following a formal request from the Director of Social Services in Cardiff. The request came after the arrest and subsequent conviction of a former care worker of that establishment for indecent assault on children under his care and the findings of an internal investigation, commissioned by the Director of Social Services which raised concerns over possible paedophile activity at the home.

In conducting the investigation of Taff Vale, former residents were seen and allegations were made against former members of staff of that establishment as well as against individuals who had been employed in other care homes in South Wales and other police areas.

and the needleblog http://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/opera... has this information

A former social worker has been jailed for twelve years for a series of sexual assaults on seven young boys, stretching back over 21 years.

Geoffrey Morris, 43, committed the offences while working at council run children’s homes in Cardiff.

Cardiff Crown court heard that Morris befriended the boys, aged between 8 and 15, before carrying out the attacks.

Four of his victims were resident at the Taff Vale children’s home in Cardiff, where Morris worked.

‘Danger to the public’

He also assaulted boys at the city’s Gorse Place children’s home, in a swimming pool and at his own home.

Morris pleaded guilty to six indecent assaults, gross indecency and three serious sexual assaults.

Passing sentence, Judge David Morris said the former social worker remained a danger to the public.

His arrest in 1996 sparked a police inquiry into the Taff Vale home, which has since been widened into Operation Goldfinch, looking at allegations of abuse at 50 homes across Wales.

BBC News 27/05/99

Cannot something be done with this information?

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Fox,

Your request for information has now been considered and our response is
attached.

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I trust that this information answers your request. Should you have any
queries and wish to contact us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[1][South Wales Police request email]. (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a delay to your request).

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Forces full process you are
still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

Kind Regards

Richard Jones 54874

Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data / Research and Data Quality Officer

Pencadlys Heddlu De Cymru / South Wales Police HQ

Heol y Bont-faen / Cowbridge Road

Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend

CF31 3SU

Llinell Uniongyrchol / DD: 01656 655555 Est / Ext: 26676

E-bost / E-mail: [2][email address]

Ewch i'n gwefan: [3]www.heddlu-de-cymru.police.uk

Visit our website: [4]www.south-wales.police.uk   

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Ydych chi angen siarad gyda*r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101* Gellir defnyddio*r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw*n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don*t require an emergency response?
Call 101* The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Dear Richard South Wales Police,

Thank you for your reply. Under s16 was South Wales Police the correct Police to contact regards this or would it be a different area?

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

Good afternoon Ms Fox,

In relation to the below, the area of Cardiff is covered by South Wales Police. You may wish to refine your request asking for information relating to Operation Goldfinch and the Taff Vale Children's home.

Kind regards,

Bethan Evans
Research and Data Quality Officer/Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data
Data Management Unit & Disclosure Unit/Rheoli Data ac Uned Datgelu
South Wales Police HQ/Pencadlys yr Heddlu
Cowbridge Road/Heol y Bont-Faen
Bridgend/Penybont ar Ogwr
CF31 3SU
Internal/Mewnol: 26677
DD Telephone/Telliffon 01656 303444
E-mail/E-bost: [email address]

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Dear South Wales Police,

Thank you for you response.
Please could you inform me as to what information you hold on the Taff Vale Childrens Home.
Please could you tell me what the Duffy Inquiry was and when.
Please could you state how this relates to Operation Goldfinch

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Fox,

 

I write to advise that I am in receipt of your e-mail dated 11/12/13,
regarding information held on the Taff Vale Childrens Home.

 

This letter confirms that your request has now been passed to our FOI
officers who will review the contents of your request and establish if a)
your request is valid under the FOI Act and b) if any further
clarification is required from you to allow us to progress further.

 

Should you wish to contact us regarding your request, please quote
reference number 981/13 on any correspondence. Should you wish to contact
us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[1][South Wales Police request email]. (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a further delay to your request).

 

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Constabulary’s full process
you are still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your
comments to the Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

 

Kind Regards

Richard Jones 54874

Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data / Research and Data Quality Officer

Pencadlys Heddlu De Cymru / South Wales Police HQ

Heol y Bont-faen / Cowbridge Road

Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend

CF31 3SU

Llinell Uniongyrchol / DD: 01656 655555 Est / Ext: 26676

E-bost / E-mail: [2][email address]

Ewch i'n gwefan: [3]www.heddlu-de-cymru.police.uk

Visit our website: [4]www.south-wales.police.uk   

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gwirionedd? / Please consider the environment - do you really need to
print this email? 

 

Ydych chi angen siarad gyda r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101 Gellir defnyddio r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don t require an emergency response?
Call 101 The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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South Wales Police

Dear Ms Fox

 

I write in relation to your request 981/13 requesting: information held on
the Taff Vale Childrens Home.

 

It is not possible to progress your request at this time, as clarification
is needed from you to enable us to locate the information you have asked
for.

 

It is unclear what information you are asking for in relation to point
one. Please could you clarify?

In line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 10(6), the 20
working day timescale will be suspended until the required clarification
has been received, restarting on the date when the information is
received.  If we do not receive clarification from you then your request
will be closed 20 working days from the date of this email.

 

Kind regards,

 

Bethan Evans

Research and Data Quality Officer/Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data

Data Management Unit & Disclosure Unit/Rheoli Data ac Uned Datgelu

South Wales Police HQ/Pencadlys yr Heddlu

Cowbridge Road/Heol y Bont-Faen

Bridgend/Penybont ar Ogwr

CF31 3SU

Internal/Mewnol: 26677

DD Telephone/Telliffon 01656 303444

E-mail/E-bost: [1][email address]

 

Ydych chi angen siarad gyda r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101 Gellir defnyddio r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don t require an emergency response?
Call 101 The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Dear Bethan South Wales Police,

I would clarify but I did not label any point as point 1.
My request in total was

Please could you inform me as to what information you hold on the Taff Vale Childrens Home.
Please could you tell me what the Duffy Inquiry was and when.
Please could you state how this relates to Operation Goldfinch

If you mean "Please could you inform me as to what information you hold on the Taff Vale Childrens Home"
Then I clarify this as "What information do South Wales Police hold on the Taff Vale Childrens Home as regards the Duffy inquiry and/or Operation Goldfinch 1 or Goldfinch 2"

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

Dear  Ms Fox,

 

I write in relation to your request 981/13, regarding the Taff Vale
Childrens Home, Duffy Inquiry and Operation Goldfinch.

 

It is not possible to progress your request at this time, as clarification
is needed from you to enable us to locate the information you have asked
for. Please could you advise what specific information you would like, for
example the number of victims, number of officers involved, time frames
etc

In line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 10(6), the 20
working day timescale will be suspended until the required clarification
has been received, restarting on the date when the information is
received.  If we do not receive clarification from you then your request
will be closed 20 working days from the date of this email.

Kind Regards

Richard Jones 54874

Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data / Research and Data Quality Officer

Pencadlys Heddlu De Cymru / South Wales Police HQ

Heol y Bont-faen / Cowbridge Road

Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend

CF31 3SU

Llinell Uniongyrchol / DD: 01656 655555 Est / Ext: 26676

E-bost / E-mail: [1][email address]

Ewch i'n gwefan: [2]www.heddlu-de-cymru.police.uk

Visit our website: [3]www.south-wales.police.uk   

P       Ystyriwch yr amgylchedd - oes angen argraffu'r e-bost hwn mewn
gwirionedd? / Please consider the environment - do you really need to
print this email? 

 

Ydych chi angen siarad gyda r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101 Gellir defnyddio r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don t require an emergency response?
Call 101 The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Dear Richard Jones 54874 South Wales Police,

I hope this clarifiaction is sufficent , if not please contact me

1 What was the purpose, remit and terms of reference of the Operation Goldfinch and Duffy Inquiry

2 What dates did each run

3 What are the indicators used by the Police as a measure of success of an Operation? What results it achieved in terms of number of arrests, number charged, number of convictions and for
what offences for each ( if the request goes over the limit, please drop the convictions and offences part of this question)

4 Who the Police officer was in charge and how many officers were on the operation and inquiry

5 Why the operation and inquiry were instigated

6 Where the operation was run from and what area did it cover

7 Why was the name chosen and whether it had always had that name or whether there were connected operations

8 Where this information is now kept, and in what form -physical or electronic. If electronic is it on HOLMES?

9 Where any childrens establishments involved? If so which?

10 When is any data re this Operation due for deletion?

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

Dear Ms Fox,

 

I write in relation to your request 981/13 requesting: information held on
the Taff Vale Childrens Home.

 

It is not possible to progress your request at this time, as clarification
is needed from you to enable us to locate the information you have asked
for.

 

The information requested for question 9 is not easily retrievable. We
estimate that it would take approximately 27 hours to comply with this
part of your request. If any part of the request exceeds the fees limit
then Section 12 applies to the whole request and we are not obliged to
supply you with any information. If you remove question 9, then we will be
able to provide you with information in relation to the remaining
questions. Please could you let us know whether you would like to remove
question 9 from your request?

In line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 10(6), the 20
working day timescale will be suspended until the required clarification
has been received, restarting on the date when the information is
received.  If we do not receive clarification from you then your request
will be closed 20 working days from the date of this email.

 

Many thanks,

 

 

Bethan Evans

Research and Data Quality Officer/Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data

Data Management Unit & Disclosure Unit/Rheoli Data ac Uned Datgelu

South Wales Police HQ/Pencadlys yr Heddlu

Cowbridge Road/Heol y Bont-Faen

Bridgend/Penybont ar Ogwr

CF31 3SU

Internal/Mewnol: 26677

DD Telephone/Telliffon 01656 303444

E-mail/E-bost: [1][email address]

 

Ydych chi angen siarad gyda r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101 Gellir defnyddio r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don t require an emergency response?
Call 101 The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Dear Bethan South Wales Police,

Thank you for your reply. Yes of course omit question 9. It is a problem with FOI, that something I might think is easy takes an inordinately long time for you. Could you just state why that particular question does take a long time so that I understand better
Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

Dear Ms Fox,

The information requested for question 9 is not easily retrievable. There are 83 files in total which would need to be interrogated in order to retrieve the requested information. To interrogate one file and extract the relevant information would take approximately 20 minutes. Therefore, we estimate that it would take approximately 27 hours to comply with this part of your request.

In light of this information, are you happy to withdraw question 9?

Many thanks

Bethan Evans
Research and Data Quality Officer/Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data
Data Management Unit & Disclosure Unit/Rheoli Data ac Uned Datgelu
South Wales Police HQ/Pencadlys yr Heddlu
Cowbridge Road/Heol y Bont-Faen
Bridgend/Penybont ar Ogwr
CF31 3SU
Internal/Mewnol: 26677
DD Telephone/Telliffon 01656 303444
E-mail/E-bost: [email address]

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Dear South Wales Police,

Yes fine thanks

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

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Dear Ms Fox,

Your request for information has now been considered and our response is
attached.

.$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.(B

I trust that this information answers your request. Should you have any
queries and wish to contact us by e-mail, please do so using the mail box
[1][South Wales Police request email]. (Please do not reply directly to my own
e-mail address as this may result in a delay to your request).

South Wales Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy attached). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Forces full process you are
still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the
Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

Kind Regards

Richard Jones 54874

Swyddog Ymchwil ac Ansawdd Data / Research and Data Quality Officer

Pencadlys Heddlu De Cymru / South Wales Police HQ

Heol y Bont-faen / Cowbridge Road

Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr / Bridgend

CF31 3SU

Llinell Uniongyrchol / DD: 01656 655555 Est / Ext: 26676

E-bost / E-mail: [2][email address]

Ewch i'n gwefan: [3]www.heddlu-de-cymru.police.uk

Visit our website: [4]www.south-wales.police.uk   

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gwirionedd? / Please consider the environment - do you really need to
print this email? 

Ydych chi angen siarad gyda*r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101* Gellir defnyddio*r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw*n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don*t require an emergency response?
Call 101* The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Dear Richard Jones South Wales Police,

That was absolutely brilliant, thank you so much

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

South Wales Police

Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Team (FOI) at South
Wales Police.  This message is to confirm that we have received your
correspondence. Please do not reply to this email.

Ydych chi angen siarad gyda’r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch?
Ffoniwch 101… Gellir defnyddio’r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw’n un
brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.

Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.

 

Do you need to speak to police but don’t require an emergency response?
Call 101… The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in
Wales and England.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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