Sunday, 24 January 2016

Sexual assault In Colwyn Bay .......

Missed this one!

Girl sexually assaulted in Colwyn Bay caught attack on mobile phone

Dawei Zhang, 32, groped a 16-year-old girl in broad daylight, but she managed to secretly record the incident

Dawei Zhang was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl
Dawei Zhang was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl
A quick-thinking teenage girl helped catch a sexual predator who groped her by recording the incident on her mobile phone.
The 16-year-old was walking through Colwyn Bay when she was followed by Dawei Zhang, a Chinese national living in North Wales on a student visa.
He grabbed the girl’s bottom in broad daylight, and when she asked him what he thought he was doing, he said he was looking for a model and wanted her to go back to his house with him.
He asked her for her name and phone number, but the girl activated a voice recorder on her mobile phone as she told him to leave her alone.
But he groped her again, leaving her “shocked, frightened and upset”, Caernarfon crown court heard.
She ran off to meet her friends, and when police arrived she was crying uncontrollably. She was able to describe Zhang and he was later arrested, but he continued all along to deny he was the attacker.
He was wearing a blue and white hooped polo shirt, just as he had been during the attack. The girl was able to pick him out at an ID parade.
CCTV footage played to the court showed Zhang, 32, of Llys Madoc, Towyn, following her through the town ahead of the attack, which happened last summer.
Prosecutor Andrew Green described the case as “something every parent dreads - a teenage girl followed by a stranger and then sexually assaulted.”
Zhang was remanded in custody while a pre-sentence report is drawn up.

Are Conwy Council Avoiding Answering yet another F.O.I on the Skip?,,,,,,,,,,,,,, sure looks that way!

Response to this request is delayed. By law, Conwy County Borough Council should normally have responded promptly and by 14 January 2016 (details)

From: Derek Roechilds

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
Please can you clarify the following,
Inside The Porth Eirias Bistro are shared toilets with the
Watersports place and the beach,
Conwy County Council staff clean the toilets, yet these toilets are
also used by customers and staff in the Bistro Cafe,
Can you please clarify the..
1, Cleaning costs for the year on the toilets at the Bistro,
2,Can you clarify that the Bistro contribute to the cleaning costs
for the toilet at their bistro,
and,
3, If so, how much of the cost is paid for by the Bistro?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Derek Roechilds

From: Info-Gov Unit
Conwy County Borough Council

Diolch am eich neges e-bost. Os ydych yn gofyn am fynediad at wybodaeth
dan delerau Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 cewch ymateb o fewn ugain
niwrnod gwaith. Thank you for your email. If you are requesting access to
information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you
will receive a response within twenty working days.

From: Info-Gov Unit
Conwy County Borough Council

8673-15

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your email below.

The percentage amount of service charge payable by the Bistro which covers a number of different elements including the maintenance of the Porth Eirias toilets is specified in Schedule 7 of the lease registered under title number CYM 626486. As advised previously (8499-15) this is a publicly available document available through the Land Registry via the following link:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and as such is considered exempt from the FOIA under S21.

Please access the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Click on 'Title Deeds'

Click on number 4. 'Get a copy of the deeds'

Click on number 3. 'deeds request form'

Click on one of the preferred options in 'Documents' - either Official copies of documents: registration (OC2) or Official copies of documents: registration (OC2 and complete the necessary form.

Fees will apply - see the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

Should you have any difficulties and/or queries you should contact them direct via the following link:

http://landregistry.custhelp.com/app/con...

The accounting period for the service charge is 12 months commencing on the 1st January in each year.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of this response and should be sent to the address below. 
Please ensure all email correspondence is sent to the [Conwy Council request email] email address.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, or if you are unhappy with this response you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales, 2nd Floor, Churchill House, Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2HH.

Uned Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/ Information Governance Unit
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol CONWY County Borough Council
E-Bost / E-Mail: [Conwy Council request email]

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Derek Roechilds left an annotation ()

Can't really understand why the council won't answer a simple question on the cafe, rather than sending people on a wild goose chase, anyone would think you have something to hide. 
As for having to go through the land registry fiasco, is this to put people off? 
The council have all of the terms of the lease and costs at Bodlondeb, the primary source, yet you send people to a secondary source to get the information, now that's being difficult

Why won't Conwy Council Answer Questions about the Skip?,,,,,,,,,,

No response on the F.O.I , but why?

Porth Eirias Colwyn Bay , LL29 8HH.

Derek Roechilds made this Freedom of Information request to Conwy County Borough Council
Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Conwy County Borough Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

From: Derek Roechilds

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
It has come to the attention regarding the recently erected Porth
Eirias Development that there are structural problems with the
current building,
These are the leaking of the roof, and according to the Architects
involved, that due to the cycle track not being part of the
original design,has added to the structural problems.
Rather than hear gossip in the town, can you please clarify the
following,
What are the current structural problems with the building?
What will the costs be to repair the current structural problems?
How much of these costs will be paid for by the tax payer?
Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Derek Roechilds

From: Info-Gov Unit
Conwy County Borough Council

Diolch am eich neges e-bost. Os ydych yn gofyn am fynediad at wybodaeth
dan delerau Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 cewch ymateb o fewn ugain
niwrnod gwaith. Thank you for your email. If you are requesting access to
information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you
will receive a response within twenty working days.

From: Derek O'Connor
Conwy County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Please be advised that there are no known structural problems with Porth Eirias. However, you may be aware that earlier this year CCBC was seeking advice about some water ingress at Porth Eirias. There have been no major instances since then, but the situation continues to be monitored. More detailed investigations will be carried out in the New Year, but this is not expected to impact on the operation of the building. It goes without saying that the Council took all reasonable steps to ensure that proper contractual arrangements are in place with those responsible for the construction of the building and any remedial works, if required, will be undertaken against that backdrop.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of this response and should be sent to the address below. 

Please ensure all email correspondence is sent to the [Conwy Council request email] email address.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, or if you are unhappy with this response you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales, 2nd Floor, Churchill House, Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2HH.

Uned Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/ Information Governance Unit
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol CONWY County Borough Council
E-Bost / E-Mail: [Conwy Council request email]

 

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Derek Roechilds left an annotation ()

Costs of investigations up to now? as requested please, thank you.

Derek Roechilds left an annotation ()

So all future costs for the Skip will be given to the public to decide on viability of repair, or demolition then?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Conwy County Council, This is scary......

Someone has made a Freedom of Information Request,

What level of independence does the Care Council For Wales Have With Regard Social Services?

Julez Walker made this Freedom of Information request to Care Council for Wales
Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Care Council for Walesshould have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

From: Julez Walker

Dear Care Council for Wales,
Please can you clarify the following-
What level of independence does the Care Council For Wales Have
With Regard Social Services?
My understanding of the care council is that it Independent of
social services and thus will investigate issues in it's own right.
However I have serious concerns regarding this.
For example if a social worker or care worker is investigated, by
the Local Authority for example Conwy County Council, Following an
internal investigation,or external one, should the authority not be
informing the Care council immediately?
What is the policy on this?
For example Conwy Council recently admitted failing to pass on
information to the Care Council at the time of some very serious
investigation, however you were only informed after the events.
Should the Care council-
A, Have been informed from the beginning?
B,Having not been informed should this have not been a reason for
an Independent body not to have cause for concern that the correct
policies and procedures may not have been followed, thus raising
concerns that any investigation itself may be flawed? or may have
been covered up?
C, As cases have not been handed to yourselves, then why have these
cases not been investigated? An independent Body like yourself
should have investigated these cases yourselves and not just gone
on the Authorities findings, as that would fail to put you in an
independent body?
D, Some of the cases that were not passed to yourselves were of a
very serious nature and were also not passed on to the police
either, these issues are of ,Fraud,Financial abuse,Confidentiality
abuse,Abuse of vulnerable adults and Conduct outside of the
authority, yet these issues were not reported to the Care council
at the time,and the staff were protected by the authority.
The concerns are that if staff have friends in the authority that
may collude in covering things up, which has happened previously,
then the only safe investigation should be the external body which
Is the Care Council, who may reach very different findings to the
authority, and may identify criminal conduct, or feel that action
should be taken against the staff, which the council have failed to
impose.
However if the Care council just take the word of an employee and
fail to investigate, then
1, The care council for wales can not call themselves an
Independent body.
2,That the care council for wales may fail to indentify Internal
corruption,Poor Practice and risk to the service user and members
of the public, and allow bad practice to go unchecked, and unsafe
practitioners to continue to practice, thus failing to monitor as
an independent body.
Finally please can you supply the following-
A, The name and address of the Organization that Governs and
Monitors the Care Council For Wales.
B,The complaints procedure for raising concerns over the practice
of The Care Council For Wales.
C, Please can you provide by Authority in Wales over the last 5
years how many Authorities have failed to supply information at the
time of the investigation,and have informed you after the event,
and what the out comes of these were, ie did the care council
investigate them, or not.
Please give figures, per Authority, per year,no names, and if the
case was investigated by yourselves afterwards or if you took the
Authorities findings as enough to close the case without any
Independent Investigation, Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Julez Walker

From: Catherine Tiffin-Price
Care Council for Wales


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Good afternoon Julez Walker,

 

Information request - Freedom of Information Act 2000 

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which was received by
Kate Salter this afternoon 28 September 2015.

 

Your request is currently under consideration. We aim to deal with your
request within 20 working days so you should receive a response by 23
October at the latest but we will endeavour to deal with it sooner.

 

As you have e-mailed your request any information provided will be sent to
you via this format and in the template that you sent through. If you
would like to receive this in hard copy then please let me know so that I
can also send the response through the post.

 

In considering your request, we will assess whether the information you
have requested is exempt information for the purposes of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. If an exemption applies it may be that we will be
unable to supply you with some or all of the information you have asked
for. In these circumstances we will explain to you why we are unable to
release the information. We will also advise you of your rights of appeal.

 

There may be a fee payable for the information you have requested. When we
have considered what action is required on our part to meet your request
you will be informed whether a fee is payable.  If it is necessary for you
to pay a fee, this fee will have to be paid before the information can be
released.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me at the Care
Council for Wales, Southgate House, Wood Street Cardiff CF10 1EW,
telephone 029 2078 0679 or using the email address above.

 

Regards

 

Catherine Price

 

Information Governance Officer/ Swyddog Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth

Cyngor Gofal Cymru/Care Council for Wales

Ffon/Telephone    02920  780  679

Ffacs/Fax            02920  384 764

e-bost/e-mail       [1][email address]

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From: Catherine Tiffin-Price
Care Council for Wales


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Dear Julez Walker,

 

Your request for information as detailed in your e-mail dated 28 September
2015 has been considered. Your request raises a number of questions which
are dealt with in turn below.

 

The Care Council for Wales (Care Council) is a Welsh Government Sponsored
Body (WGSB) and is the independent regulatory body for social care workers
within Wales. The function of the Care Council is to uphold standards
amongst social care workers and raise public confidence in the social care
profession. One of the main regulatory functions of the Care Council is to
register and regulate the conduct of social care workers throughout Wales.

 

In order to regulate the social care workforce we have regular contact
with workers and their employers to ensure and enable effective
communication. As such the Care Council has in place Data Sharing
Protocols (with Welsh Local Authorities, the Police, other regulatory
bodies) which clearly set out the information we expect to be provided
with and also the information we will share other organisations. All Local
Authorities in Wales have signed up to the protocol for co-operation,
joint working and information sharing between themselves and the Care
Council.

 

An extract of that agreement is inserted here for information:

 

Information Local Authorities will provide to the Care Council

 

Local Authorities agree to provide to the Care Council:

 

·         information for registration purposes e.g. endorsement of an
employee’s registration application;

·         information regarding any misconduct by and disciplinary
proceedings against registered social care workers and those eligible to
be registered, including any referral to the Independent Safeguarding
Authority Scheme;

·         information relating to the development of  policies that may
impact on the process for the regulation of social care workers.

 

Information the Care Council will provide to Local Authorities

 

The Care Council agrees to:

 

·         share information with Local Authorities about registration
processes and complaints and investigation procedures;

·         ensure that information concerning the registration status of
any registered social worker and social care worker is up to date and
available on the Public Register ([1]www.ccwales.org.uk);

·         notify the relevant Local Authority about any individual who is
removed from the Register, has conditions placed upon their registration
or who is suspended from the Register, on an interim basis or otherwise;

·         inform the relevant Local Authority about any concerns, conduct
investigation, hearings and their outcomes regarding any registered
practitioner working for the Authority;

·         where it considers it is in the public interest to do so,
disclose to the relevant Local Authority/ies any information that casts
doubt upon the suitability of any person providing services or working in
the social care sector.

 

Should you wish to read the full document it is available on our website
here: [2]http://www.ccwales.org.uk/edrms/119569/

 

a) The Data Sharing Agreement with Local Authorities states that they will
provide the Care Council with the information in a timely and appropriate
manner however an exact timeframe is not specified.

 

b) Having received the information the Care Council Fitness to Practice
team would initiate the complaint procedure. The procedure can be found on
our website:

 

[3]http://www.ccwales.org.uk/edrms/146246/  - PART III

 

COMPLAINTS: Procedure upon receipt of information about a Registrant. As
stated in the procedure all information would be considered on its own
merit in accordance with the procedure regardless of other agencies
findings.

 

An overview of the process can be found on our website:
[4]http://www.ccwales.org.uk/raising-concer...

 

c) As stated in the response above the Care Council considers all
information on potential misconduct by a member of the registered social
care workforce according to the Fitness to Practice Rules 2014 and
associated procedures.

 

d) If cases are not passed on to the Care Council in accordance to the
signed Data Sharing agreement we may not be aware of the issues. However,
as stated in the Fitness to Practice Rules 2014 we can receive information
from a number of sources (and therefore consider such complaints)
including the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, members of the public. We
have a duty to investigate complaints about fitness to practise made about
registered social workers, social work degree students, social care
workers and managers in Wales, who allegedly do not meet the standards set
out in the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.

 

Within your FoI request you asked for the following to be supplied:

 

a.            As a Welsh Government Sponsored Body the Welsh Government
through the Minister for Health and Social Services governs and monitors
our role and remit. The address is as follows: 

 

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

 

b.            If you wish to make a complaint about the Care Council’s
standard of service you can make a written complaint to our Chief
Executive at:

 

Care Council for Wales

7^th Floor

Southgate House

Wood Street

Cardiff

CF10 1EW

 

If you have already made a complaint to the Care Council about the
standard of our service and are not satisfied with how this was handled or
you are unhappy with how the Local Authority handled your complaint you
should address your concerns to the Public Ombudsman for Wales:

 

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
1 Ffordd yr Hen Gae
Pencoed
CF35 5LJ

 

If you wish to make a complaint about the Care Council’s handling of
information you should address your concerns to the Information
Commissioners Office:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

c.         The Care Council does not hold information in relation to the
stage at which information is received from Local Authorities regarding
their investigation of a registered social care worker. All information
received is investigated on its own merit in relation to whether it calls
into practice the suitability of a registered social care worker’s Fitness
to Practice. The Care Council does hold the number of referrals received
per Local Authority over the past 3 years (since the introduction of our
current ICT system). Please let me know if you would like to receive this
information.

 

If you have any further queries or concerns relating to this response
please do not hesitate to contact me through either my email address or
direct line.

 

Further information about the Freedom of Information Act can be obtained
from the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[5]www.ico.gov.uk

 

I would be grateful if you could confirm receipt of this email.

 

Regards

 

Catherine

 

Catherine Price

 

Information Governance Officer/ Swyddog Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth

Cyngor Gofal Cymru/Care Council for Wales

Ffon/Telephone    02920  780  679

Ffacs/Fax            02920  384 764

e-bost/e-mail       [6][email address]

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Peter Jones left an annotation ()

I am aware of at least 2 cases regarding serious misconduct by Conwy social worker and social work manager where the care council failed or simply ignored these serious allegations. Mr Stanley's serious complaint was not investigated, even worse the care council simply accepted conwy's response, they made no effort to interview Mr Stanley to view his substantial evidence of serious misconduct by a social work manager nor did they provide any good reason for their unwillingness to do their job, which is to look at a social workers fitness to practice. The second case referred to them regarding a Conwy social workers criminal activities whilst working as a social worker and during work time. Again this social worker, the same as the manager remains in work. Conwy are not complying with the agreement they signed up to as they only refer some cases to the care council. It is evident that Conwy are not interested in protecting the public and only interested in protecting Conwy council. There are other significant failures by this council to report misconduct and someone should do something about this.

From: Julez Walker

Dear Catherine Tiffin-Price,
Thank you for the above, but just to clarify some points you have
not addressed,
1, If the council fails to report a serious issue at the time, and
then months or years later you find out, would this not raise alarm
bells ringing, and an independent body like yourself, should be
concerned that -
a, the person might not be suitable to practice, regardless of the
outcome by social services?
b,that you should start your own investigation into the case?
c,that this may raise concerns regarding internal cover ups or
malpractice by the council?
d,that if (c above ) has been suspected then the public may be at
risk?
A number of issues have not been passed on to the care council by
conwy council over the years, including an AMHP, informing members
of the public that she sectioned a client where she lived and
breaching confidentiality, Fraud , Boundary issues,and death of
service users, all sent to you after the fact, and you failed to
investigate them yourself, despite the severity of these
complaints, so how can this be allowed? and yet far less serious
complaints have been passed directly to you?
A complaint will be registered with the two bodies above following
your response to this final reply from myself.
I can assure you this matter will not be left to rest and if a
satisfactory outcome is not met this information will be handed
over to the social media network in it's entirety and the public
can be made aware of the "Independence " of the care council and
the cover ups allowed by the council to be viewed themselves. I
cannot believe that serious complains can be ignored by the care
council in such a slapdash fashion, with people's lives and welfare
should be the main concern.

Yours sincerely,

Julez Walker

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

I have recently made a Freedom of Information request to Conwy Council that met with their usual reply on neither confirm nor deny, claiming this information fell into an exclusion category. 
I have asked for an internal review that will go to the ICS. 
My requests questions why a Conwy Manager would provide a good reference to a social who was uploading pornography onto his work computer, these images also allegedly contained images of children. The social worker was escorted out of the office, his laptop confiscated and he was not seen again. It came to light that this social worker found work in Leeds as a social worker. I am awaiting a response from the Police as to whether this was reported by Conwy, Whether this was referred to the Care Council will be another FOI request. It would appear that downloading pornography does not constitute misconduct nor is criminal within Conwy Social Service and they will provide a good reference. This raises serious concerns regarding Conwy Social Services and their ability to protect the public.

From: Catherine Tiffin-Price
Care Council for Wales

Dear Julez Walker,

Your clarification request as detailed in your e-mail dated 9 November 2015 has been considered. Your request raises a number of questions which are dealt with in turn below.

1. The Care Council is responsible for registering and regulating the fitness to practise of social care workers throughout Wales. The process and conduct of the employer in this instance a Local Authority does not fall under the remit of the Care Council and this would be a matter for a regulator such as the Public Ombudsman Wales.
a) and b) Registered social care workers are responsible for working to the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care. As previously stated if the Care Council receives a referral about a current or historic matter which calls into question a registered worker’s fitness to practice, this information would be considered under the Care Council for Wales (Fitness to Practice) Rules 2014. The evidence would then be considered at an internal Care Council for Wales case conference to make a determination on the risk level of the referral and its disposal. Further information about the Fitness to Practise process is included on the Care Council for Wales website at www.ccwales.org.uk<http://www.ccwales.org.uk>. The Care Council investigates and makes findings independently of other organisations.
c) and d) please see point 1

We are unable to discuss any individual cases as this would be in direct conflict with the Data Protection Act, and we can neither confirm or deny that information falling within the description specified in your request is held. The duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of Section S40 of that Act. This should not be taken as an indication that the information you requested is or is not held by the organisation.

By answering the questions you raise in your e-mail your queries have been addressed, however if you feel that your requests have not been dealt with appropriately please address your concerns to the Complaints Officer on 029 2078 0636 or [email address]<mailto:[email address]>.

I would be grateful if you could confirm receipt of this email.

Regards

Catherine

Catherine Price

Swyddog Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/Information Governance Officer
Cyngor Gofal Cymru/Care Council for Wales
Ffon/Telephone 02920 780 679
Ffacs/Fax 02920 384 764
e-bost/e-mail [email address]

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Julez Walker left an annotation ()

The question still hasn't full been answered, so what your saying is that if Social services fail to inform you at the time of a serious offence and it comes to light later, than that's a matter of process for them and this means nothing to you! 
Strange, I would have thought it would have rung major alarm bells, yet you can supply no figures to exactly how many cases or authorities failed to notify you at the time, and due to this we can't match the stats on your actions on these cases, so clearly there is a loophole in the system, that abuse can fall through. 
I can assure you a number of people will write this serious concern as a complaint to the Ombidman service, both on the Councils side and yours. Your role is to protect not to collude as could be suggested, And it is not a matter of individual cases, we have all of that evidence, we haven't been gathering evidence for the last 10 years for nothing, but your service promises independence but the evidence suggest this is selective, but we will leave it to be investigated externally for the answers to be found, and maybe then this loophole can be closed, and some old cases re- investigated by a more reliable body. 
thank you.
The shocking thing here is that not all cases are reported, and if they are after the event, then it doesn't really matter, so this opens up the door for internal cover ups, and the external body leaves it to the council, can't believed I missed this before, I think it's called jobs for the boys, but an external agency should take no notice of any of the councils action, and investigate as a matter of good practice? So what's going on then?