Who's who in Children's Services

Loredana Grigore made this Freedom of Information request to Sutton Borough Council

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Loredana Grigore

Dear Sutton Borough Council,

1. Please provide an organisational chart of your Childrens Services Department from Director down to Team Managers providing the names of current postholders as appropriate (Director down to Service Manager would be excellent including Heads of Service, Principal Offficers).

2. Please identify who within Children’s Services and your Human Resources Department takes lead responsibility on social worker recruitment and retention.

3. What steps if any have you taken or intend to take to incentivise retention?
Yours faithfully,

Loredana Grigore

LBS FOI, Sutton Borough Council

Dear 
​Loredana Grigore 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST - REF NO
-F11003 (please quote in correspondence)
I acknowledge your request for information dated 29 July 2017 relating to
Who's who in Children's Services.
Your request is being considered and, if it is held, you will receive the
information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as
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Yours sincerely
FOI Admin Officer
London Borough of Sutton

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Louise Yardley, Sutton Borough Council

SENT ON BEHALF OF JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Dear Loredana Grigore

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST - REF NO - F11003

I refer to your request for information received on 29 July 2017
concerning Children's Services Structure chart.

Please see our response below in blue text.

Your request:

1. Please provide an organisational chart of your Childrens Services
Department from Director down to Team Managers providing the names of
current postholders as appropriate (Director down to Service Manager would
be excellent including Heads of Service, Principal Offficers).

Please see image below. Please be aware that we do not provide structure
charts with names for adults or children's services to external agencies.

[1]Children's Social Care- EHOS, HOS, TM 02 3 17.Annonymous.jpg

2. Please identify who within Children’s Services and your Human Resources
Department takes lead responsibility on social worker recruitment and
retention.

[2][email address]

3. What steps if any have you taken or intend to take to incentivise
retention?

Where eligible we offer “golden hello's”, retention payments and car
passes.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled you
have the right to ask for an internal review.  Please notify us in writing
as soon as possible with the grounds upon which you feel the appeal is
justified to : [3][Sutton Borough Council request email]  or by post to Customer Care and
Improvement Team, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1EA.

We aim to respond to you within 20 working days of receiving your request.
If it is going to take longer we will let you know.

Should you still be dissatisfied with the outcome you have the right to
refer to the Information Commissioner: Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF [4]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Williams

Head of Quality Assurance,

People Directorate, London Borough of Sutton

1st Floor, Civic Offices,

St Nicholas Way,

Sutton,

SM1 1EA

Tel: 0208 770 6534

Email: [5][email address]

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Dear Sutton Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Sutton Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Who's who in Children's Services'.

These same questions have been asked of 253 LAs. Of the many who have responded so far you are only the fourth to suggest this exemption. Please see my replies from Merton, Wandsworth, Dudley as examples of transparency.

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

Yours faithfully,

Loredana Grigore

LBS FOI, Sutton Borough Council

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​Dear ​
​Loredana Grigore
I refer to your request for an Internal Review dated the 30 August 2017 of
the original response to your Freedom Of Information request F11003 dated
the 29 July 2017.
Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to you.
Your request has been considered and a revised structure chart is attached
for you. 
You will note that disclosure is only as far as Heads of Services. The
Local Authority is not prepared to release post names for post levels
below that of the senior management because this information has been
considered to be personal information. The individuals concerned do not
have public facing roles and therefore have the expectation that their
identities should not be made available to the public.

 

We believe this approach accords with relevant guidance and Decision
Notices issued by the Office of the Information Commissioner which states
that more senior staff and those carrying out public functions should
expect more information about them to be disclosed.

​​

We consider that disclosure of​ information
​ ​​relating to
​staff
​posts below that of Head
​o​f Service is exempt
​ under section 40(2) of the FOIA
​. This information is
​considered ​personal data
​and ​the disclosure of which would contravene the data protection
principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998. The section 40(2) is
an absolute exemption and does not require the application of the public
interest test.
​​
​In line with the Refusal Notice above​
​ your appeal is denied
​in part. ​I am sorry not be able to assist you further, but if you remain
unhappy with the outcome of this reconsideration you may refer to the
Information Commissioner’s Office. We will cooperate fully with any
investigation she undertakes. Further information can be found on their
website
​: ​[1]www.ico.gov.uk

​Yours sincerely

Scott Brewer
Customer Care & Improvement Officer
Customers, Commissioning & Governance Division
Chief Executive's Directorate
London Borough of Sutton
Tel: 0208 770 5736
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