Information relating to Parental Alienation

The request was partially successful.

Dear Scottish Government,

Under FOISA, please supply me with the following information contained in your records?

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee published its Stage 1 Report on the Children (Scotland) Bill on May 1st, 2020, Whereby it is stated:

“The Scottish Government consulted on the inclusion of a specific factor relating to parental alienation but ultimately decided against it. Scottish Government officials told the Committee that the term parental alienation is ‘much disputed’ and therefore the Government concluded that it would not be appropriate to include it in the Bill.”

Please advise what the specific factor relating to parental alienation?

Please supply all information contained in your records whereby the term parental alienation is much disputed?

Please acknowledge receipt of this request and I shall look forward to your response within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

SJ Kerr

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000064863
Your Reference: request-679067-7e60249a

Dear SJ Kerr,

Thank you for your correspondence sent on 22/07/2020. Your query will be
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Dear Scottish Government,

I received what I believe is a response to this request to my personal email account. As there are many SJ Kerr's you could have compromised yourselves by sending the disclosure to an individual that did not make the request.

As the request was made using a platform in the public domain, then the Scottish Government should upload the disclosure to this platform as Freedom of information disclosures are not my intellectual property and all responses made in the public domain using a platform such as this is denying the public access to information that belongs to everyone not only myself, I am merely the requester.

Please ensure that the response is uploaded to this platform.

Yours faithfully,

SJ Kerr

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000073081

Dear SJ Kerr,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 10/08/2020. Your query will
be passed to the relevant area for consideration and has been given a
reference number of 202000073081. Please quote this number in all
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Dear Ms Kerr

Thank you for your email.

I understand a reply to this request (our case reference 202000064863) has this afternoon been submitted to the 'whatdotheyknow' address.

I believe the reply you mention below, which was sent to you on 31 July, relates to your request of 28 June, titled 'Stage 3 Amendments Stage 2 Children Scotland Bill' (our case reference 202000054733). This request was made from your personal email account, hence the reply to that address.

Regards

Gerry Hendricks
FOI Unit

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Dear Scottish Government,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Scottish Government's handling of my FOI request 'Information relating to Parental Alienation'.

I am dissatisfied with your response regarding the cost exemption. Redaction is only required for personal data, when an official works in a professional capacity then that is not personal data and does not require to be redacted.

There is no requirement not to disclose this information and every reason too disclose it as the phenomenon which is currently termed parental alienation is real and is in fact child abuse, therefore government concealment of such is complicity with child abuse.

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

Yours faithfully,

SJ Kerr

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000076045
Your Reference: request-679067-7e60249a

Dear SJ Kerr,

Thank you for your correspondence sent on 16/08/2020. Your query will be
passed to the relevant area for consideration and has been given a
reference number of 202000076045. Please quote this number in all
correspondence. The Scottish Government aim to respond, where necessary,
as quickly as possible and within the stated timescale as indicated on our
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SJ Kerr left an annotation ()

The Scottish Information officer is currently investigating this FOI disclosure.

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S. Grove left an annotation ()

The Scottish Government will not provide the information that you are requesting because they are an active part of the alienation process through their funding of Relationships Scotland together with the setting up of Police Scotland systems (e.g. the VPD) that allows false and libellous information (about the alienated parent) to be passed from the alienating parent to local authority social work systems via the charities e.g. SafeLives. This transfer is done using secret identifiers, so although Police Scotland are abiding by the GDPR the source of the libel (at Police Scotland) cannot be traced.
Cross referencing the Companies House directors of various "child contact centres" with Google searches on their legal cases indicates that at least one contact centre Director received £1M of Legal Aid in preventing a father having contact with his child. In one case a local authority was prepared to breach the Data Protection Act 2018 to delay libellous information being received from a Subject Access Request and this resulted in an Information Commission's Office (ICO) investigation. Local authorities use "child contact centres" under the Relationships Scotland umbrella so they should have the appropriate checking procols in place to identify when a parent is being alienated at that contact centre, clearly this is not being done and therefore it can be assumed that the local authority social work departments are part of the alienation process too. The Scottish Government will be aware of these nefarious practices but wants to cover it up and is using a cost exemption for this very purpose.

SJ Kerr left an annotation ()

The annotation by S Grove is factually accurate.

Dear Scottish Government,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Scottish Government's handling of my FOI request 'Information relating to Parental Alienation'.

I am dissatisfied that you have not answered Question 1 where I asked a specific question:

“The Scottish Government consulted on the inclusion of a specific factor relating to parental alienation but ultimately decided against it. Scottish Government officials told the Committee that the term parental alienation is ‘much disputed’ and therefore the Government concluded that it would not be appropriate to include it in the Bill.”

Please advise what the specific factor relating to parental alienation?

You have not advised the specific factor relating to parental alienation that is must disputed: Therefore you cannot say with 100 % consistency:
 A statutory requirement to consider this in every case is not appropriate; and
 The Bill does require the court to consider the effect of its decision on the involvement
of the parents in bringing the child up.

AS this is much disputed.

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

Yours faithfully,

SJ Kerr

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000111038

Dear SJ Kerr ,

Thank you for your correspondence sent on 12/11/2020. Your query will be
passed to the relevant area for consideration and has been given a
reference number of 202000111038. Please quote this number in all
correspondence. The Scottish Government aim to respond, where necessary,
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Scottish Government

Dear SJ Kerr

 

You emailed the Scottish Government yesterday, 12 November, asking for a
review of the response to your FOI request for information relating to
Parental Alienation (number 679067-7e60249a).

 

I have looked at your request on the ‘whatdotheyknow’ website:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...
and I note that you have already - on 16 August 2020 - asked for a review
of the original response. A response to that review request was issued
(and is recorded on the ‘whatdotheyknow’ website) on 14 September 2020.

 

As you were advised in the review response of 14 September, if you are
unhappy with the outcome of this review you have the right to appeal to
the Scottish Information Commissioner about our decision within 6 months
of receiving that letter. Information about how to make an appeal, along
with an application form, is available on the Commissioner’s website at:

[2]https://www.itspublicknowledge.info/Your....

You can also contact the Commissioner at:

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

Email: [3][email address]

Telephone: 01334 464610

 

I am therefore writing to advise you that this request for a review is
invalid and will be removed from our case-handling system.

 

Regards

 

Gerry Hendricks

Scottish Government

FOI Unit

 

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Dear Scottish Government,

I acknowledge that our initial response could have been more helpful in providing some advice to help you narrow the scope of your request. You may therefore wish to reduce the scope of your request in order that the cost can be brought below £600. You may wish to consider narrowing the scope of your request by specifying a time period in which you are most interested. You may also wish to modify the request to simplify the terms of the request which may reduce the time it takes to confirm whether the information once located is within the request and to specify types of information you are most interested in. The types of information returned for this search included consultation responses, ministerial submissions, communications between officials, communications with external stakeholders and communications with members of the public.

Yours faithfully,

SJ Kerr

Scottish Government

Dear SJ Kerr

Thank you for the follow up email about your request for a second review.

The text you quote from the response to your original review request is intended to provide you with advice that will help you in formulating another, more focused request, that is likely to come in under the £600 cost limit. There is no provision within the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act for an authority to conduct a second review of a request. If you are content to narrow your request therefore, that should be submitted as a new request for information, rather than as a further review.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards

Gerry Hendricks
Scottish Government
FOI Unit

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Dear Scottish Government,

Thank you your response is much appreciated.

[extraneous material removed]

Yours faithfully,

SJ Kerr

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000114477
Your Reference: RE: FOI - REVIEW - Internal review of Freedom of
Information request - Information relating to Parental Alienation - SJ
Kerr

Dear SJ Kerr ,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 21/11/2020. Your query will
be passed to the relevant area for consideration and has been given a
reference number of 202000114477. Please quote this number in all
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rights when communicating with us. It is made under Article 13 of the
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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