How many parents have been referred to police by your local authority Social Workers for child abuse by deliberately manipulating a child against another parent in the Family Court arena?
The time scale is June 1st 2018 to June 1st 2019.
All child protection cases are discussed in multi-agency formats that include the Police so no referrals are required.
These multi-agency formats include strategy meetings. We can confirm that, in the time scale requested, 623 unique strategy meetings were held affecting 1220 children. We do not hold a central record to confirm whether these any of these strategy meetings involved discussions with the police concerning child abuse by deliberately manipulating a child against another parent in the Family Court arena. To obtain this information would require an individual review of each of the files concerning these 1,220 children which would take approximately 15 minutes per file and therefore approximately 305 hours. This is in excess of the appropriate limit of 18 hours and therefore, pursuant to s.12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are therefore not obliged to disclose this information.