My data release by the authorities to the perpetrator of my childhood abuse involved many parties.
Durham Police raised the initial report to safeguard my mother. In the report to safeguard my mother it contained the following information:
1. That I had suffered sexual assaults and physical assaults by my father.
2 . The specific town I was receiving treatment. It named the job role of the person I was seeing for that help. It wouldn’t be too difficult to find me.
3. That I was not yet “strong enough” to have an Achieving Best Evidence interview.
4. It named a woman not even related to our family or anything to do with the case.
5. Other personal data in relation to my abuse
This report contained my personal sexual and medical data which was purportedly released to North Wales Police to safeguard my mother. My mother is classed as a vulnerable adult because of her physical frailty.
I specifically explained to the police in my interview that my mother was only at risk of physical abuse and, I believed, financial abuse.
I reported that I had instructed a solicitor to act on her behalf. I furnished them with the details, offering them the opportunity to speak to her legal team if they needed to gather any information or further clarification about her situation.
Knowledge of the treatment I was receiving would not further safeguard my mother, the fact I was not “strong enough ” would not safeguard my mother. How could it? He’d just recently sexually abused me, I had attempted to throw myself off a motorway bridge, clearly I wasn’t strong enough to be interviewed.
Most of the information contained within the report in terms of safeguarding my mother was irrelevant. Regardless, Durham Police passed (I’ve now found out two reports although they sneakily omitted to tell me- naughty naughty) to North Wales Police.
North Wales Police read the report, and like Durham, failed to redact the relevant information. In other words, they failed to remove my personal sensitive details. My report was then passed to Gwynedd Adult & Child Social Services. In amongst all of this my home address was also disclosed.
There was no need to release my information to North Wales Police who were already aware of my situation. My situation was very different from my mothers. Mine was historical sexual and physical abuse. Mine was a serious sexual violent crime but I didn’t disclose details. As strange as it sounds I cannot physically speak about it. I’m too scared. I didn’t want to prosecute. I had moved miles away and I just wanted to recover and get on with my life. My father was always scared of a historical prosecution. That was his worst fear. I was not about to kick the hornets nest. That was dangerous for me and safeguarding was going to make my life so much more worse.
My mother suffered a minor assault. That was disgraceful as she was in a minimally conscious state. Our experiences are different and certainly not related. My father had used his fist to forcibly open my mother’s mouth in order for her to comply with suctioning (which he was not qualified to do in the first place). Social Services investigated, poorly in my opinion, but believed his version of events which would not really have been possible anyway but hey ho.
However, my data should have been redacted as there was no benefit to release such personal sensitive details about me to anyone to safeguard someone else. At the least risk assessments should have been completed as directed by the Data Protection Act and GDPR.
North Wales Police released the exact report Durham had sent to them, unredacted, to Gwynedd Social Services. They then sent it to the muppets in the health board (who sent it to their complaints department?), it was then sent to a private company, the deputy manager at my mother’s home (who are criticised in the press and required to make improvements by the care commission or equivalent)
The details of my police report had been passed to my father in readiness for the safeguarding meeting ! It was also sent to child social services, despite us not being children, and other places. My father commented upon it. His comments are noted in the safeguarding meeting. I was not even notified about the meeting nor given the opportunity to comment. How utterly bizarre that safeguarding will take the views of a perpetrator and not even attempt to speak to the two victims?
Just to make this clear the perpetrator was given comprehensive details of the victims police report including address (confirmed by North Wales Police that my home address was given). The report gave details of who I was seeing for treatment and where and other confidential sensitive data about me.
Im graded as high risk of harm from my father. When I get questioned I couldn’t speak of some things I get too distressed despite other evidence. My father now has access to me. I cannot report things because I have not been reassured by North Wales Police that releasing abuse victims data to perpetrators is not normal procedure. In fact none of the forces have said that this s not normal practice.
North Wales Police have had my complaint of my data release for over six month. It was left and ignored. I had to fight for an investigation. I’m still waiting for an outcome. I’m at high risk from my father and my GP says I’m now a high risk of Suicide. This is not only down to my father. I know what he is. I’m used to him. I thought I had escaped but then safeguarding stepped in and handed me to him on a plate. They argue amongst themselves (via me) who is not to blame. They tell me how to change my behaviour to stop being abused. All the while the paedophile is free to go abroad and abuse. How backwards.
My father’s voice was and continues to be championed by those in the safeguarding meeting and beyond. Me, they try to silence me. Like the abuser. Just on a grander scale. He is so manipulative and duplicitous he is obviously just seen as a misunderstood man. He’s an abuser and a manipulator with many years of practice.
I could have certainly provided them with childhood statement from my friend who I told at 13 I was being abused, or my medical records and, outrageously, it’s even alluded to on my mother’s medical records which I have copies. I could even pass them emails, letters and other things.
It’s so dangerous that the police described him as coercive and controlling (he is) and then he controls the people who attend all the same meetings about my mother. It’s same people who is charming. When the same safeguarding team ask if there are any concerns about my father and other family members none is raised despite them knowing full well they have fed my mother who is nil by mouth. It’s noted on her medical records their concerns about them feeding her. However my father is that great guy. Abusers generally are.
The safeguarding services are so poor and so manipulated by him that when my father made a minor admittance of forcibly opening my mother’s mouth to suction her it is minimised in their minutes on each occasion. Even social services are inaccurately recording his lies. Well done Gwynedd Council safeguarding team. My father even forgets his own lies which I have in writing which he has put to various authorities. My mother’s solicitor was so concerned about his behaviour towards me. She refused to pass me some things he wrote about me saying it was vile. She said his behaviour was obsessive towards me.
I have written confirmation from Gwynedd Council that they passed my police report to my father. I have had this for many months. I told the police I had this confirmation.
Today I received an extremely bizarre email from the Data Protection Officer stating that they did not pass my report to anyone outside those who attended the safeguarding meeting, including my father who did not get a copy, as it’s not their policy. So I have one email stating they did pass it to him and today, months later, one stating it did not even happen. Now I accept Friday afternoon frivolities but this email was verging among ridiculous.
I would like to think if officials are going to lie they are a bit smarter. It is clear from their own minutes the report was passed to my father. It’s obvious. His comments are in it. It even states he was asked to comment. The report was certainly passed outside safeguarding because I have a letter from a company which demonstrates a discussion between two named people about my police report. It had also been passed to the Health board complaints team for no apparent reason. I have all of this in writing.
Why on earth would I get this folly in writing from Gwynedd Council today? What is more insulting is that I am told they will not respond to any of my emails or questions I have about this. So Gwynedd Council Safeguarding put victims of sexual abuse in danger, admit in writing they passed the report to the sexual abuser, several months later completely deny it and then state they refuse to communicate with you about it! They again champion the abusers voice and silence the victims.
Wow. These people safeguard your elderly and children. They are protecting a paedophile. It’s astonishing that safeguarding protects abusers.
North Wales Police and Durham have no control over their data. Remember that if you report anything. In fact my advice would be don’t bother.
In my view, Gwynedd Social Services are one of the most inept services I’ve ever come across. I’m not the first person to say this either. I would not trust them to safeguard a healthy hamster 🐹 let alone vulnerable adults and children. However, unfortunately the county of Gwynedd is stuck with them.
Children and adults in that county deserves so much better. I deserve better. Fuck you Gwynedd Council. And Fuck you North Wales Police you bureaucratic fuckwaffles
The title- How Many People Work in Safeguarding?
The answer is about half
I wanted the title to be How Many People Work in Gwynedd Council Safeguarding but the answer of a half of them seemed too generous