Dear Shropshire Council,
Please treat this email as a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
1) For each financial quarter since April 2018, how many children have died in your area in cases where abuse and/or neglect were suspected or confirmed?
If you cannot provide figures for this exact date range, please provide data for the closest available date range and state clearly the dates that it covers.
By quarter I am referring to the following:
2018-19 (Q1 = April to June, Q2 = July to September, Q3 = October to December, Q4 = January to March)
2019-20 (Q1 = April to June, Q2 = July to September, Q3 = October to December, Q4 = January to March)
2020-21 ((Q1 = April to June, Q2 = July to September (please include the date in September data is correct to)
2) Broken down by financial quarter, how many of the children in question 1 had been referred to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, or equivalent body for safeguarding children, prior to their death?
3) Broken down by financial quarter, how many of these children were in the care, or partial care of social services teams?
4) For your answer to question 1 above, for each financial quarter, please can you disclose how many were:
a) Babies (under 1 year old)
b) Toddlers/pre-school (between 1 and 4 years old)
c) Primary school age (4-11)
d) Secondary school age (11-18)
The next question is about referrals to your Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub or equivalent body for safeguarding children.
By “referral” I include those made officially by practitioners, teachers etc and any calls that may have been made via any publicly accessible helpline, website or online reporting form, whether anonymously or not.
5) For each quarter from April 2018 to September 2020, how many referrals were made about children to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub or its equivalent?
If you cannot provide a figure for this exact date range, please provide data for the closest available date range and state clearly the dates that it covers
Please provide the data in an Excel spreadsheet, filetype .xls, .xlsx or .csv. Please do not use a pdf.
BBC Shared Data Unit
Thank you for your enquiry below/attached. In accordance with Section 8(1)(b) of the Freedom Of Information Act, a request for information must include the real name of the requester in order to be considered valid. For further information, please see the link below.
Therefore, we will not be considering this as a request until a name has been provided.
Information Governance Team
Apologies, I should have provided that.
Happy to do so now.
Dear Mr Wainwright
Thank you for your request for information received on 09/09/2020. We are
currently processing your request in accordance with the relevant
Your request is for information about safeguarding children.
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in response to the flooding in February and now in responding to the
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council acknowledges that it can’t extend statutory timescales of requests
and everyone is doing their best to meet these. However, priority may have
to be given to other areas, eg the safeguarding of vulnerable people,
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Information Governance Team
Tel: 01743 252179 / 252774 / 252747
Email: [Shropshire Council request email]
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Further to your recent request for information, please find our response
attached, with apologies for the delay.
Executive Director of Children’s Services
E mail:[email address]
PA Penny McLagan: [email address]
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re-open 8.45am on 4 January 2021.
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