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Allegations of sexual misconduct

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To whom it may concern,

I write to request the following under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please state the number of allegations you have received of
a) sexual misconduct
b) sexual harassment
c) sexual assault
d) rape

Allegedly committed by staff regulated by your organisation in each of the last five calendar years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

2. For each of these allegations received, please state:
a) Whether the alleged victim was a member of the public, a patient or a health professional
b) Whether you launched an investigation
c) The outcome of the case

3. Please provide any official definitions used by your organisation classify allegations of a sexual nature (such as the four listed in question 1) and any official guidance/flowcharts for dealing with such cases.

Yours faithfully,

Leila Haddou

Freedom of Information, General Optical Council

Dear Ms. Haddu

Thank you for your email of 27 January 2019 RE: Freedom of Information request - Allegations of sexual misconduct.

Your request for information has been logged as a Freedom of Information request (2018-40) and will be answered accordingly subject to any applicable exemptions.

You requested the following information:

Please state the number of allegations you have received of
a) sexual misconduct
b) sexual harassment
c) sexual assault
d) rape

Allegedly committed by staff regulated by your organisation in each of the last five calendar years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

2. For each of these allegations received, please state:
a) Whether the alleged victim was a member of the public, a patient or a health professional
b) Whether you launched an investigation
c) The outcome of the case

3. Please provide any official definitions used by your organisation classify allegations of a sexual nature (such as the four listed in question 1) and any official guidance/flowcharts for dealing with such cases.

The General Optical Council will endeavour to provide a response to your request within 20 working days (excluding UK bank holidays as defined by the Banking & Financial Dealings Act 1971) in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

You will receive a response no later than close of business Monday 25 February 2019.

Many thanks

GOC FOI Team

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Dear Ms. Haddou,

I write regarding your email received 27 January 2019, Freedom of Information request - Allegations of sexual misconduct

You requested the following information:

Please state the number of allegations you have received of
a) sexual misconduct
b) sexual harassment
c) sexual assault
d) rape

Allegedly committed by staff regulated by your organisation in each of the last five calendar years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

2. For each of these allegations received, please state:
a) Whether the alleged victim was a member of the public, a patient or a health professional
b) Whether you launched an investigation
c) The outcome of the case

3. Please provide any official definitions used by your organisation classify allegations of a sexual nature (such as the four listed in question 1) and any official guidance/flowcharts for dealing with such cases.

Please find attached our response.

Kind Regards

Robert Mannall | Compliance Manager
General Optical Council | 10 Old Bailey | London | EC4M 7NG

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