Disclosure Details

Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme - 942/13

Dated: 15 Jan 2014

Date of request:    05/12/2013

Date of response:  15/01/2014

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 5 December 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Since the child sex offender disclosure scheme (also known as Sarah’s Law) was rolled out nationally at the start of April 2011:
1)  How many

a) enquiries and 

b) formal applications for information about named individuals has your force received?
Please provide these figures broken down by month from April 2011 up to and including November 2013.
2)  Of those requests, how many

a) enquiries and
b) formal applications have led to disclosures from your force that the individual has been
c) convicted of sexual offences against children, or
d) poses a risk to children?
Please provide these figures broken down by
i) month from April 2011 up to and including November 2013
ii) by offence.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Legal Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows
1 a)    0

   b)        2011          2012        2013

             April 1         Jan 3        Jan 1
             May 6         Feb 3        Feb 0
             Jun 2          Mar 1        Mar 2
             July 3         Apr 6         Apr 0
             Aug 2         May 1        May 2
             Sept 4        Jun 0         Jun 3
             Oct 2         Jul 1          Jul 3
             Nov 4         Aug 3        Aug 1
             Dec 3         Sept 5       Sept 3
             Oct 2         Oct 1
             Nov 3         Nov 5
             Dec 0         Dec 1

2 a) 0 
  b) and c) The number of formal applications which have led to disclosures from Northumbria Police that the individual has been convicted of sexual offences against children is 5

  d)   0 

 i) and ii)

February 2011 - rape
April 2011 - sexual assault on child under 14
March 2012 - rape and sexual assault
June 2012 - sexual assault
December 2012 - indecent assault and gross indecency

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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