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Dear Newport City 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.

Yours faithfully,

BBC Shared Data Unit

NCC - Information Management, Newport City Council

Prynhawn Da/Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request.
So we can log and process your request we require your full name.
Once we have received this information we will be able to proceed with your request.

Kind Regards
Sarah
Information Management
Newport City Council

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BBC Shared Data Unit

Dear NCC - Information Management,

Thank you for your prompt response.
Please allocate the request as coming from Daniel Wainwright.

Yours sincerely,

Dan Wainwright
BBC Shared Data Unit

Newport City Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information about :

Safeguarding of children in Wales

Received on 08/09/2020

This request has been formally logged in our FOI management system and has been assigned the reference REQ08378.
We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible. Please note that due to the current Coronavirus situation in the UK, your request may take longer than usual to respond to and potentially, it could exceed the statutory deadline of 20 working days. Please be assured that we are working to respond to all requests and we appreciate your patience during this extraordinary period.

Please remember to quote the reference number REQ08378 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,
Information Management

Mae’r Cyngor yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg, Saesneg neu yn y ddwy iaith. Byddwn yn cyfathrebu â chi yn ôl eich dewis. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi.

The Council welcomes correspondence in English or Welsh or both, and will respond to you according to your preference. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to delay.

Disclaimer/Ymwadiad

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Mae'r e-bost hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth y bwriedir ar gyfer y derbynnydd yn unig a gall fod yn gyfrinachol, yn destun ragorfraint gyfreithiol neu broffesiynol, neu fel arall wedi’i diogelu rhag cael ei rhyddhau. Os nad chi yw derbynnydd bwriadedig y neges hon, a fyddech cystal â rhoi gwybod i'r anfonwr ar unwaith a pheidio â datgelu, dosbarthu neu gopïo’r e-bost i unrhyw barti arall. Mae’r e-bost hon ac unrhyw ffeiliau atodedig yn eiddo i Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd.

Pan fyddwch yn anfon e-bost at Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd, rydych yn cydsynio i’r Cyngor fonitro a darllen unrhyw e-byst o’r fath at ddibenion cydymffurfio â diogelwch ac â deddfwriaeth. I weld yr ymwadiad llawn ewch i http://www.newport.gov.uk/ymwadiad

Culverwell, Ann (Complaint Resolution Officer), Newport City Council

Dear Mr Wainwright
Re: FOI REQ08378
We have reviewed your request. Newport City Council have decided not to release for the following reasons. As there is such a small number of children (i.e. 5 and below over the period of time you requested the information, we believe that the name and location of an individual could be determined.

Disclosure could endanger the physical safety of an individual and the information is therefore prohibited from disclosure under section 44 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In addition, for Health and Safety reasons under section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the council is exempt from the duty to provide this information. Due to the small number of individuals concerned, the disclosure of the information into the public domain is likely to result in the release of personal information which is exempt from disclosure under section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We have considered the public interest test in providing this information, but believe that the greater public interest is met by our needs to protect the rights of the individuals in the care of the local authority. The authority has come to this opinion because whilst it accepts that there is a strong public interest in openness and transparency and in disclosing statistics which show how public funds are being used, there is a greater public interest in ensuring that those who are looked after by the authority are not put at risk by revealing that they may be living. Whilst this risk may not initially be apparent from the wording of the request, the risk arises due to the small numbers of individuals concerned.
As to your question
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
YearQTotal
201811685
201822115
201832057
201941838
201911930
201922139
201932834
202042616
202012569
202022513*

*up to and including 30/09/2020

Note : I've assumed Q1 starts on April 1st

If you have any queries about this response or if you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, please [email address] quoting REQ08378.

If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the Council’s complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the Council's complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Regards

Ann Culverwell
Children Rights and Complaint Officer

With regards to your request I have been informed that the Cofion Cynnes/Kind regards,
Ann Culverwell
Swyddog Datrys Cwynion/Complaint Resolution Officer Ymholiadau'r Aelodau/Customer Experience Gwasanaethau'r Ddinas/City Services Cyngor Dinas Casnewydd/Newport City Council

Rhif ffôn/Phone number: 01633 656656

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