Safeguarding

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

I write to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and would be most grateful if you could answer the below questions;

How many children and vulnerable young adults have been placed at Netherton Park in each of the last five years from;
a) Northumberland
b) The North East
c) England
d) UK

Which elected members have served as members of the board at Netherton Park in each of the last five years?

What steps are taken to ensure those elected members serving at Netherton Park do not pose a potential risk to those children and vulnerable young adults placed there?

Has the authority reviewed the safeguarding arrangements relating to any elected member serving on the Netherton Park board in the past five years?

Who was the responsible officer for safeguarding at Northumberland County Council in each of the last five years?

What information if any was the authority required to provide to Northumbria Police on Netherton Park as a result of Operation Sanctuary?

Yours faithfully,

S Black

Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information which will be dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this matter please contact us. Please
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Kind regards

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to young people
who have been placed at Netherton Park.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.

How many children and vulnerable young adults have been placed at
Netherton Park
(open homes) in each of the last five years from;
a) Northumberland
   2012 - 16 young people; 2013 - less than 5 young people
b) The North East
     2012 - less than 5 young people
c) England
                as above 
d) UK
                        as above 
Home closed 2013 

Which elected members have served as members of the board at Netherton
Park in each of the last five years?
There is not a Board for Netherton Park, there is a Corporate Parenting
arrangement by the Council, also a Trustee Managers of Netherton Park
Group - Charity.

What steps are taken to ensure those elected members serving at Netherton
Park do not pose a potential risk to those children and vulnerable young
adults placed there?
N/A

Has the authority reviewed the safeguarding arrangements relating to any
elected member serving on the Netherton Park board in the past five years?
N/A

Who was the responsible officer for safeguarding at Northumberland County
Council in each of the last five years?
Director was Paul Moffitt, Daljit Lally, Andy Johnson 

What information if any was the authority required to provide to
Northumbria Police on Netherton Park as a result of Operation Sanctuary?
Netherton closed in 2013, unable to offer if information regarding
Netherton Park was requested.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of this response to the Information Governance Office:

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

Information Commissioner

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right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information Commissioner
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accordance with the requirements of the Act at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
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Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745
Email: [email address]

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator -
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

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