Service level unvestigation report of York Court care home Battersea

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Dear Wandsworth Borough Council,

York Court care home Battersea opened Sep 2013 closed itself December 2015 - was under service level investigation by the LA from June 2014 relating to matters of institutional and organisational abuse and negelcet - I have been informed by the police there was a report written by head of wandsworth safeguarding Clive Simmons (who has since retired)regarding that long standing investigation that found that home to have committed abuse neglect etc

The police suggested I request a copy of that report on York Court under FOI

As none of the relatives of the victims at that care home have seen the report - please can you supply

Yours faithfully,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

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Request for Information - 2017/16104 - York Court care home

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Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2018/16104 - York Court care home

 

I refer to your request for information received on 18/12/2017. Please see
the information below in response to your request: -

York Court care home Battersea opened Sep 2013 closed itself December 2015
- was under service level investigation by the LA from June 2014 relating
to matters of institutional and organisational abuse and negelcet - I have
been informed by the police there was a report written by head of
wandsworth safeguarding Clive Simmons (who has since retired)regarding
that long standing investigation that found that home to have committed
abuse neglect etc

 

The police suggested I request a copy of that report on York Court under
FOI

 

As none of the relatives of the victims at  that care home have seen the
report - please can you supply

 

We are not aware of the report that you refer to. There was an independent
enquiry regarding York Court and a summary of the areas covered in the
enquiry was shared with you on the 24 June 2017 in an email sent by Andrew
Mead, Complaints and Information Manager at that time.

 

It is not possible to share the full report from the enquiry as it details
third party information. This is being withheld under Section 40(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 as it is considered to be their personal
information and disclosure would result in a breach of the first data
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Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Freedom Of Information,

The police informed me the report in question was written by Clive Simmons of adult safeguarding - as they had seen a copy of it and they suggested I request under FOI - the report was on the abuse and neglect and the so called long standing service level investigation undertaken by the LA from JUNE 2014 UNTIL THE HOME CLOSED ITSELF TO AVOID ACCOUNTABILITY DEC 2015

None of the relatives nor I - that reported multiple breaches at that care home have ever seen any report - as far as I know no one was ever made accountable for the abuse and neglect at that home no punitive action taken etc etc

Please be kind enough to supply the document you quoted sent by Andrew Mead in 2017 - Andrew Mead was never in adult safeguarding department

I understand Clive Simmonds was retired post York Court report that no relatives have seen ......
Please supply a copy of the report produced by adult safeguarding

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Freedom Of Information,

Dear Sylvia Rushbrooke,

 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your internal review request.

 

We aim to respond to you within 20 working days.

 

Kind regards,

Liam

 

 

Liam Cooper
FOI & DPA Officer
Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Council

020 8871 8800
+ [1][email address]

[2]www.richmond.gov.uk / [3]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

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Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Freedom Of Information,
Thank you for your latest response I did not request an internal review just the information requested in the first instance - please advise when I will recieve the York Court investigation report by WCC Clive Simmons as advised by the police ?

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Freedom Of Information,
I did not ask for an internal review my request and it content are long overdue and by law, under all circumstances, I should have rcvd a response to the content of my request

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Chris Warner,

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Dear Ms Rushbrooke

 

I was asked to carry out a review of the response you received to the
above request.

 

I attach my review decision.

 

Regards.

 

 

 

Mr Chris Warner

Assistant Head of Law 

Litigation, Housing & Planning Team

South London Legal Partnership

Gifford House, 67c St Helier Avenue, Morden, SM4 6HY

DX 161030 Morden 3

 

Direct: 020 8545 3470

[mobile number]

Fax: 020 8545 3244

 

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Dear Chris Warner,
Thank you for your response once again I did not request a review - I requested Wandsworth LA release the document requeted in relation to York Court a care home that was under investigation by Wandsworth LA from June 2014 until it seems the home closed itself - perhaps Wandsworth are misleading you too?

Please supply the report you say was shared ?

No reportwas shared that Clive Simmons wrote that the police have a copy of ....
Please can you send the report that Clive Simmons wrote re York Court that Wandsworth police were given a copy of namely senior police official [email address]

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Chris Warner,

Dear Ms Rushbrooke

Thanks for identifying the police contact.

I will email her to see what report she might be referring to.

Mr Chris Warner
Assistant Head of Law
Litigation, Housing & Planning Team
South London Legal Partnership
Gifford House, 67c St Helier Avenue, Morden, SM4 6HY
DX 161030 Morden 3

Direct: 020 8545 3470
[mobile number]
Fax: 020 8545 3244

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Chris Warner,

3 Attachments

Dear Ms Rushbrooke I have emailed the police officer you identified as
having seen a report from Clive Simmonds. We will see what she had in mind
as Clive Simmonds couldn’t recall writing a report.

 

In looking at the file and my review letter I note that the scanned copy
only had pages 1 and 3. In the scanning process page 2 was missing. The
incomplete letter is on the whatdotheyknow website.

 

I apologise and have had the letter re-scanned.

 

 

 

Mr Chris Warner

Assistant Head of Law 

Litigation, Housing & Planning Team

South London Legal Partnership

Gifford House, 67c St Helier Avenue, Morden, SM4 6HY

DX 161030 Morden 3

 

Direct: 020 8545 3470

[mobile number]

Fax: 020 8545 3244

 

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Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Chris Warner,
Thank you my enquiry was specifically related to the Clive SIMMONS report on York Court a document the police referred to in a meeting 20/10/2017 and suggested FOI
I was not referrig to the independant report done - I will forward your letter to the police and see if they can expand on the document they said they had

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Chris Warner,

2 Attachments

Dear Ms Rushbrooke

 

I have now heard from Alison Foxwell of the Met Police.

 

She confirmed the police do not have and have not seen a report from Clive
Simmonds and it was only DCI Neville’s belief that such a report may have
been produced because of Clive Simmond’s involvement at the time.

 

As I stated in my review letter of 23 February 2018 I have spoken with
Clive Simmonds and he does not recall ever having produced a report. A
search of the electronic and paper systems has also not revealed the
existence of such a report.

 

I have therefore closed my file on this particular matter.

 

Regards.

 

Mr Chris Warner

Assistant Head of Law 

Litigation, Housing & Planning Team

South London Legal Partnership

Gifford House, 67c St Helier Avenue, Morden, SM4 6HY

DX 161030 Morden 3

 

Direct: 020 8545 3470

[mobile number]

Fax: 020 8545 3244

 

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Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Chris Warner,

Many thanks I also have been told information given by the police was in error
As that is the case the LA would have made a report considering they investigated from June 2014 until Dec 2015 please can I have a copy of that report whoever the author was at the LA?

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Chris Warner,

My request is long overdue
Many thanks I also have been told information given by the police was in error
As that is the case the LA would have made a report considering they investigated from June 2014 until Dec 2015 please can I have a copy of that report whoever the author was at the LA?

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Fiona Thomsen,

Dear Ms Rushbrooke

Mr Warner no longer works for us. I have passed your request to one of his colleagues.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Thomsen
Head of Shared Legal Services
South London Legal Partnership
Gifford House, 67c St Helier Avenue, Morden, SM4 6HY
DX161030 Morden 3

Direct: 020 8545 3897
[mobile number]
Fax: 020 8545 3244

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Dear Fiona Thomsen,
I have been waiting for some months for a response
The WLA investigation into instituitional abuse and neglect at york Court ran from approx june 2014 - Dec 2015 when that home closed itself - the outcome of that long investigation must be recorded somewhere - please advise where the result of that investigation is held and by who ?
and how to obtain a copy?

According to other FOI requests that investigation found the care home to have comitted institutional abuse under the WLA service level investigation etc it may be I have the jargon incorrect re that process etc but the question remains who and where are the results of that year long enquiry held?

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

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