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Stanley School Investigation

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

There were allegations in the local and national press in September and October 2019, with respect to an incident at Stanley School on 30 October 2018, involving a non-verbal special-needs child being mistreated.

It was made very clear at the time that there was an investigation being undertaken into the allegations, with the understanding that the investigation would be completed within three months. Since then I understand that three members of staff have left the school in connection with the allegations; presumably this means that the investigation has been concluded.

It is now 13 months since the report in the press, and two years since the incident itself.

(1) Please provide a copy of the investigation's findings.
(2) If the investigation found that there were safeguarding issues relating to a pupil, what measures have been put in place to ensure it never happens again?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Mel Pococke

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear M Pococke


Thank you for your email of 27 October 2020.


The information requested relates to internal personnel matters, managed
under our employee HR processes and as such, relate to individual
employees.  Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides
an exemption where information requested constitutes personal data. 


We have considered the Information Commissioner’s guidance on disclosure
of data about employees, which can be found at this link
and consider that the exemption under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 applies. Section 40(2) exempts disclosure of personal
information under the FOI legislation, where disclosure of this
information would breach the individual’s rights under the Data Protection
Act 2018; specifically the first data protection principle as defined in
s35(1) DPA18.


As this relates to an employment matter, the data subjects would have no
expectation that their personal information would be shared outside the
employer/employee relationship.  It is the Council’s position that, as a
public authority, there is an internal procedure in place to ensure the
accountability of its staff members, with corporate responsibility
accepted externally.  Disclosure of personal information about individual
staff members is not necessary in order to ensure accountability.  As such
we will not be disclosing this information and rely upon s40(2) FOIA in
this regard.


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Yours sincerely



Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

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