Disclosure Details

National Referral Mechanism - 44/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 11/01/2012

Date of response: 08/02/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 11 January 2012 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: 

I would like to know since 1st April 2009, how many children (under 18 years of age) have been referred through the National Referral Mechanism by
i) Police
ii) UKBA
iii) Local Authority (please list the local authorities)
iv) Any other first responder agencies e.g. health. 

And the same for those over 18 year old.

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 Crime Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however will not be released as the following exemption applies.

Section 23 (1) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies.

Section 23 is an absolute class-based exemption and therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

From time to time SOCA will make limited information available on the web site www.soca.gov.uk.

You can currently find UKHTC statistical data on the site, including NRM data and a report on Child Trafficking.

We can further assist you by providing a link to the following page which includes publicly available reports such as “Child Trafficking Update”.


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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