Serious case reviews/child death inquiries – Neath Port Talbot

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Dear Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council,

Please send me electronic copies of all serious case reviews or child death inquiries (otherwise or also known as Part 8 Reviews) conducted by the Local [Neath Port Talbot] Safeguarding Children Board or by any other predecessor or successor body, which have been published since 1st January 2003 to date.

Please send copies of the Overview/Full Report; otherwise please send copies of the Executive Summaries. Where Executive Summaries only are available please provide reasons for absence of the overview/full report.

If none are available or are withheld please provide the reason for non-publication.

01.04.2017

Yours faithfully,

dai pugh

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, which was received today.  We are generally required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide you with a response within 20 working days, which will be on or before 3rd May, 2017 (taking into account Easter Holiday closures).  If we require any clarification or further details, we will contact you as soon as possible, if this is the case, then the timescale for response specified above may be subject to change.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you
FOI Team

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Yvonne Jenkins, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Good afternoon,

 

With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act, I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence which I
received 3^rd April 2017.  Your enquiry is being dealt with by Children’s
and Young Peoples Services who will respond with the relevant information
as soon as possible. 

 

Regards

 

Yvonne

 

 

 

Yvonne Jenkins

Directorate Support Coordinator

Directorate Support Team

Tel: 01639 763035

 
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot Tel/ Ffôn: 01639 763035
 

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.

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Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os
ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person
a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad
yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith
wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

 

 

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Yvonne Jenkins, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Good morning,

 

Further to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act,
please see our response below.

 

Although a statutory body in its own right, the Western Bay Safeguarding
Children Board (WBSCB) is not a public authority for the purposes of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and information held by Neath Port Talbot
County Borough Council on behalf of WBSCB is not considered as held for
their own purposes such that it is caught by the requirements of the
FOIA.  Therefore, I can confirm that Neath Port Talbot County Borough
Council do not hold the information requested within this FOI.

 

Also for your information, Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards created
under the Children’s Act 2004 no longer exist in Wales.  Local
safeguarding arrangements are facilitated in partnership by each Local
Authority, which report to a Regional Safeguarding Children Board (RSCB). 
RSCBs were introduced in Wales by Part 7 of the Social Services and
Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 to discharge statutory functions in regard to
safeguarding children and adults at risk.  The Western Bay Safeguarding
Children Board covers the counties of Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and
Swansea. 

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the
Authority’s FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons
why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority’s Monitoring
Officer at the following address:-

 

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer

Civic Centre

Port Talbot

SA13 1PJ

 

Please be advised that in the event that you decide to appeal to the
Monitoring Officer and are dissatisfied with his response, you are
entitled under the FOI legislation to appeal directly to the Information
Commissioner, whose address is:-

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 4AF

Website: [1]www.ico.org.uk.

 

 

 

Yvonne Jenkins

Directorate Support Coordinator

Directorate Support Team

Tel: 01639 763035

 
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot Tel/ Ffôn: 01639 763035
 

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.

Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni
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This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended
solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the
sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this
email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or
amended.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os
ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person
a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad
yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith
wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

 

 

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7. https://www.youtube.com/user/NeathPortTa...

Dear Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Serious case reviews/child death inquiries – Neath Port Talbot'.

Thank you for your response which is disappointing as far as disclosure of the requested information viz Serious Case Reviews [SCR’s] is concerned.

It is disturbing that SCR’s are not publicly available [even in anonymised format] and I note that Haringey Council in a response to a Robin Smith [Ref: 144095] dated 01.02.2013 disclosed three SCR’s plus an Executive Summary following a request going back to 01.01.1975.

I should be obliged if you would conduct a review not least to establish that;

1. such information can be withheld from public scrutiny [including scrutiny by Council Members acting for their constituents or as Corporate Parents];

2. information [SCR’s] is only published by the selection or the discretion of non-public authorities, such as the Western Bay LCSB which is/are nevertheless publicly/taxpayer funded, as to what information should be disclosed.

3. The SCR’s are reliant on information being provided to the Western Bay LCSB by the local authority and other agency services which may or may not be withheld from the Report writer.

4. The terms of reference for the SCR are drawn up by the agency services possibly limiting the probative and outcome value of any SCR.

Thank you in advance.

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

Yours faithfully,

dai pugh

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Mr. Pugh,
Further to your email below, I confirm that your request has been forwarded to the relevant Officer for his attention.
Thank you
FOI Team

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Dear FOI Team,
I note that there has been no response to my request for an internal review; repeated below;

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Serious case reviews/child death inquiries – Neath Port Talbot'.

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Serious case reviews/child death inquiries – Neath Port Talbot'.
Thank you for your response which is disappointing as far as disclosure of the requested information viz Serious Case Reviews [SCR’s] is concerned.
It is disturbing that SCR’s are not publicly available [even in anonymised format] and I note that Haringey Council in a response to a Robin Smith [Ref: 144095] dated 01.02.2013 disclosed three SCR’s plus an Executive Summary following a request going back to 01.01.1975.
I should be obliged if you would conduct a review not least to establish that;
1. such information can be withheld from public scrutiny [including scrutiny by Council Members acting for their constituents or as Corporate Parents];
2. information [SCR’s] is only published by the selection or the discretion of non-public authorities, such as the Western Bay LCSB which is/are nevertheless publicly/taxpayer funded, as to what information should be disclosed.
3. The SCR’s are reliant on information being provided to the Western Bay LCSB by the local authority and other agency services which may or may not be withheld from the Report writer.
4. The terms of reference for the SCR are drawn up by the agency services possibly limiting the probative and outcome value of any SCR.
Thank you in advance.-""

I further note that some local authorities in England eg Liverpool City Council make their SCR's [or summaries] publicly available!?

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

Yours sincerely,

dai pugh

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Mr. Pugh,

Thank you for your email of the 22nd July which I confirm has been forwarded to the relevant officer who will undertake the internal review and respond to you direct.

Yours sincerely,
FOI Team

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

This matter seems to be taking an awfully long time to deal with considering it is only a request for a number/statistic in two parts/timelines.

Perhaps you can speed things up?

Yours sincerely,

dai pugh

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Mr. Pugh,
Further to your email below, I confirm I have today forwarded your request.
Thank you
FOI TEAM

Dear FOI Team,

Are we any nearer to getting the IR/FoI request satisfied - set out below. Please ignore the most recent reference to two numbers as NPT have already provided that information.

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Dear FOI Team,
I note that there has been no response to my request for an internal review; repeated below;

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Serious case reviews/child death inquiries – Neath Port Talbot'.

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Serious case reviews/child death inquiries – Neath Port Talbot'.
Thank you for your response which is disappointing as far as disclosure of the requested information viz Serious Case Reviews [SCR’s] is concerned.
It is disturbing that SCR’s are not publicly available [even in anonymised format] and I note that Haringey Council in a response to a Robin Smith [Ref: 144095] dated 01.02.2013 disclosed three SCR’s plus an Executive Summary following a request going back to 01.01.1975.
I should be obliged if you would conduct a review not least to establish that;
1. such information can be withheld from public scrutiny [including scrutiny by Council Members acting for their constituents or as Corporate Parents];
2. information [SCR’s] is only published by the selection or the discretion of non-public authorities, such as the Western Bay LCSB which is/are nevertheless publicly/taxpayer funded, as to what information should be disclosed.
3. The SCR’s are reliant on information being provided to the Western Bay LCSB by the local authority and other agency services which may or may not be withheld from the Report writer.
4. The terms of reference for the SCR are drawn up by the agency services possibly limiting the probative and outcome value of any SCR.
Thank you in advance.-""

I further note that some local authorities in England eg Liverpool City Council make their SCR's [or summaries] publicly available!?

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

I await to hear from you the IR request was first made in April and followed up in July.

Yours sincerely,

dai pugh

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Mr. Pugh,
Apologies for the delay, I have today forwarded your request to the officer in charge of the internal review.
Thank you
FOI Team

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