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Rex Case SCR - Children allowed unsupervised contact with suspected paedophiles

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

I write in this request as part of a team obtaining transparency and scrutiny within the system that continues to fail children.

This request is based on a Serious Case Review (SCR) of Abbey Richards, who waved her rights to anonymity where she was abused by foster careers [Rex Case] to criticise the council involved in her care. (Link below and details of Rex Cases’ court case at the bottom of this page)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ha...

We have been exposing failures of authorities ignoring children and punishing “protective” parents that report [suspected] abuse by means of removing the child(ren) from the protective parent and either place the child in the hands of foster careers or the abusers* (*the people that were reported by the protective parent.)

We have been informed that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) launched a public enquiry into failures of the Family courts. We are led to believe this enquiry took place due to children being placed at risk of harm and died where authorities failed the children and parents / non-professionals that raised concerns were ignored. We received feedback from parents raising concerns that UK Family Courts are ignoring evidence of child abuse and placing them with abusers. This concern was echoed at a recent protest on 26th October 2019 in London.

This [Rex Case] SCR is not the first instance authorities have placed the children at risk of harm and concerns from others ignored or children not believed; some examples are at the bottom of this request.

For this request please refer to children at the age below consent for sex, being 15 and where data is required please go back one year.

1. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says on your council or any professional working for your council (including foster carers) calling children liars, children not being believed or children not taken seriously or any other concern of similar effect when sexual abuse allegation has been raised.

2. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says for any parent or family member calling children liars, children not being believed or children not taken seriously, intimidating a child not to disclose secrets or any other concern of similar effect when sexual abuse allegation has been raised.

3. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says on your council or any professional working for your council (including foster carers) suppressing evidence or anything to the effect in an attempt to conceal child abuse (perverting the course of justice).

4. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says for any parent or family member suppressing evidence or anything to the effect in an attempt to conceal child abuse (perverting the course of justice).

5. How many children have you currently got living in your borough that are allowed unsupervised access to either foster careers, parents or extended family that have;

a) Allegations of child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to accusations from the child(ren) living in your borough (either reported by the child or other persons);

b) Allegations of historic child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to other children now adults or other children that no longer have access to the perpetrator.)

c) Both a & b; Allegations of child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to accusations from the child(ren) living in your borough (either reported by the child or other persons) and Allegations of historic child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to other children now adults or other children that no longer have access to the perpetrator.)

6. How many parents have children living in your area that have been stopped access to their child(ren) for reporting concerns of abuse and the child(ren) currently live or have unsupervised access to a suspected perpetrator as listed in question 5 a, b and c.

7. What is your council’s policy on obtaining DBS checks on any person that has had child sexual abuse accusations made against them (either current or historic) and your council allowing them to have unsupervised access to child(ren) living in your borough?

8. How many persons have had accusations made against them (either current or historic as listed in question 5 a & b) and allowed unsupervised access to children living in your borough have;

a) Had DBS checks made by your council on them (Standard and Enhanced) and
i) the DBS is clear
ii) The DBS shows history
b) Has not had DBS checks made by your council on them (Standard and Enhanced)

Other cases for information

Paedophile foster carer Rex Case jailed for 21 years at Southampton Crown Court
https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9550977...

Blunders left foster mother to torture;
“It emerged that concerns were raised on numerous occasions with Gloucestershire County
Council by various parties who were worried about the care the children were receiving.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Ideal foster parent' was secret paedophile who gave 'sex lessons' to three girls in his care; Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council – “Prosecutor Fiona Swain said one girl, who was abused when 11, complained to Morton's granddaughter but at the time she was not believed.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Paedophile with a long history of abuse able to foster a child after council failures
Kent County Council, “He had previously been jailed for three years in 1982 for abusing a boy Scout.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

How social workers were duped by middle class doctor couple who abused their three adopted children for a decade. Stoke-on-Trent Social Services; “School friends tried to help but weren't taken seriously.” “Social workers waited SIX MONTHS before acting after one of the children complained”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Child rapist fit to practise as Social Worker
Slough Council. "Despite Mr Khan being jailed for 14 years, he remained on the HCPC register as a social worker safe enough to work with children and vulnerable adults."
http://www.sloughtimes.com/ns/ns17/ns174...

Yours faithfully,

S. Prichard

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear S Prichard

 

Your request for information ref. SOT84064

 

Thank you for your request for information about children allowed
unsupervised contact with suspected paedophiles.  Your request was
received by the Information Rights Team on 01 November 2019.  This is
being dealt with under the terms of the appropriate Information Rights
legislation.

 

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we will let you know, as you will be required to pay this before we deal
with your request.

 

Some information does not have to be released under this legislation.  We
will check the information you have asked for and send you as much as
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You should expect to receive a response to your request on or before 29
November 2019 in line with the legislation's 20 working day statutory
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Winner – UK Housing Awards Council of the Year 2019

Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [4]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [5]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [6]App Store and on
[7]Google Play

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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear S Prichard

 

Your request for information ref. SOT84064 about children allowed
unsupervised contact with suspected paedophiles

 

We have now considered your request and whilst noting the statements that
you make therein, these are matters of conjecture which fall outside of
FOI legislation and guidance. It is our priority at all times to listen to
any child disclosing abuse and take appropriate steps to safeguard them.

 

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you should write to: The Information Rights Manager, Information Rights
Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street,
ST4 1HH, or email [1][Stoke on Trent City Council request email].

 

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You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [4]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [5][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

I write in this request as part of a team obtaining transparency and scrutiny within the system that continues to fail children.

This request is based on a Serious Case Review (SCR) of Abbey Richards, who waved her rights to anonymity where she was abused by foster careers [Rex
Case] to criticise the council involved in her care. (Link below and details of Rex Cases' court case at the bottom of this page)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ha...

We have been exposing failures of authorities ignoring children and punishing "protective" parents that report [suspected] abuse by means of removing
the child(ren) from the protective parent and either place the child in the hands of foster careers or the abusers* (*the people that were reported
by the protective parent.)

We have been informed that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) launched a public enquiry into failures of the Family courts. We are led to believe this
enquiry took place due to children being placed at risk of harm and died where authorities failed the children and parents / non-professionals that
raised concerns were ignored. We received feedback from parents raising concerns that UK Family Courts are ignoring evidence of child abuse and
placing them with abusers. This concern was echoed at a recent protest on 26th October 2019 in London.

This [Rex Case] SCR is not the first instance authorities have placed the children at risk of harm and concerns from others ignored or children not
believed; some examples are at the bottom of this request.

For this request please refer to children at the age below consent for sex, being 15 and where data is required please go back one year.

1. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says on your council or any professional working for your council (including foster
carers) calling children liars, children not being believed or children not taken seriously or any other concern of similar effect when sexual abuse
allegation has been raised.

2. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says for any parent or family member calling children liars, children not being
believed or children not taken seriously, intimidating a child not to disclose secrets or any other concern of similar effect when sexual abuse
allegation has been raised.

3. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says on your council or any professional working for your council (including foster
carers) suppressing evidence or anything to the effect in an attempt to conceal child abuse (perverting the course of justice).

4. We would like to know what your policy is and what the law says for any parent or family member suppressing evidence or anything to the effect in
an attempt to conceal child abuse (perverting the course of justice).

5. How many children have you currently got living in your borough that are allowed unsupervised access to either foster careers, parents or extended
family that have;

a) Allegations of child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to accusations from the child(ren) living in your borough (either reported by the child
or other persons);

b) Allegations of historic child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to other children now adults or other children that no longer have access to
the perpetrator.)

c) Both a & b; Allegations of child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to accusations from the child(ren) living in your borough (either reported
by the child or other persons) and Allegations of historic child sexual abuse against them (pertaining to other children now adults or other children
that no longer have access to the perpetrator.)

6. How many parents have children living in your area that have been stopped access to their child(ren) for reporting concerns of abuse and the
child(ren) currently live or have unsupervised access to a suspected perpetrator as listed in question 5 a, b and c.

7. What is your council's policy on obtaining DBS checks on any person that has had child sexual abuse accusations made against them (either current
or historic) and your council allowing them to have unsupervised access to child(ren) living in your borough?

8. How many persons have had accusations made against them (either current or historic as listed in question 5 a & b) and allowed unsupervised access
to children living in your borough have;

a) Had DBS checks made by your council on them (Standard and Enhanced) and
i) the DBS is clear
ii) The DBS shows history
b) Has not had DBS checks made by your council on them (Standard and Enhanced)

Other cases for information

Paedophile foster carer Rex Case jailed for 21 years at Southampton Crown Court
https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9550977...

Blunders left foster mother to torture; "It emerged that concerns were raised on numerous occasions with Gloucestershire County Council by various
parties who were worried about the care the children were receiving."
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Ideal foster parent' was secret paedophile who gave 'sex lessons' to three girls in his care; Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council - "Prosecutor
Fiona Swain said one girl, who was abused when 11, complained to Morton's granddaughter but at the time she was not believed."
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Paedophile with a long history of abuse able to foster a child after council failures Kent County Council, "He had previously been jailed for three
years in 1982 for abusing a boy Scout."
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

How social workers were duped by middle class doctor couple who abused their three adopted children for a decade. Stoke-on-Trent Social Services;
"School friends tried to help but weren't taken seriously." "Social workers waited SIX MONTHS before acting after one of the children complained"
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

Child rapist fit to practise as Social Worker Slough Council. "Despite Mr Khan being jailed for 14 years, he remained on the HCPC register as a
social worker safe enough to work with children and vulnerable adults."
http://www.sloughtimes.com/ns/ns17/ns174...

Yours faithfully,

S. Prichard

 

 

Winner – UK Housing Awards Council of the Year 2019

Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [6]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [7]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [8]App Store and on
[9]Google Play

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2. http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public
3. https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/
4. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection
5. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
6. https://www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20044/fost...
7. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount
8. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-stoke...
9. https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...

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