Missing children

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Dear West Midlands Police,

1. Since 1 January 2013 how many girls under the age of 13 have been reported missing in Birmingham?

2. In relation to the girls relevant to question 1, please provide the following information:
A. What were the ages of the girls?
B. how long did they remain missing?
C. How many resulted in a criminal investigation?
D. How many resulted in a detention under the mental health act?
E. how many were found dead?
F. How many were found injured?
G. How many were in the care of the Local authority?

Yours faithfully,

Sophie

Freedom of Information,

 

Dear Sophie

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information received 4^th November 2013.

 

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act indicates that the real
name of the applicant should be used when requesting information. I note
that you have not used your full name. Therefore in order for us to treat
your request under the terms of the FOI Act, please supply your full name.

 

If you do not supply this information your request will remain unanswered.
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Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Shirley Munn

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Dear Freedom of Information,

My full name is Sophie Palmer. I look forward to receiving the information requested.

Yours sincerely,

Sophie

Freedom of Information,

Dear Sophie

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information received 4th November 2013.
This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

REQUEST

1.  Since 1 January 2013 how many girls under the age of 13 have been
reported missing in Birmingham?

 

2. In relation to the girls relevant to question 1, please provide the
following information:

A.  What were the ages of the girls?

B.  how long did they remain missing?

C.  How many resulted in a criminal investigation?

D.  How many resulted in a detention under the mental health act?

E.  how many were found dead?

F.  How many were found injured?

G.  How many were in the care of the Local authority?

 

RESPONSE

 

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this
information.

 

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the
appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

 

The cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we
are legally required to respond, i.e. Either the cost of locating and
retrieving the information OR the cost of confirming or denying that the
information is held  would exceed the appropriate costs limit under
section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands
Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

 

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is
relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the
time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating
that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this
letter acts as a refusal notice.

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/pdf/F...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of
the date of this correspondence.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Shirley Munn

Freedom of Information Unit

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Could you at least answer question 1 please, or provide information about how your data is stored so that I can ask a relevant question that you can answer.

Yours sincerely,

Sophie

Dear West Midlands Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Midlands Police's handling of my FOI request '

Instead of helping me at all with my research they have said it's too much work to answer. Please can you tell me how data is stored so that i can ask a relevant question that can be answered.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Sophie

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms Palmer

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST REFERENCE No: 4297/13

 

Thank you for your email received 18 November 2013 where you requested
West Midlands Police to review its response to your request for
information concerning missing girls reported in Birmingham.

 

REQUEST

 

1.  Since 1 January 2013 how many girls under the age of 13 have been
reported missing in Birmingham?

 

2. In relation to the girls relevant to question 1, please provide the
following information:

A.  What were the ages of the girls?

B.  how long did they remain missing?

C.  How many resulted in a criminal investigation?

D.  How many resulted in a detention under the mental health act?

E.  how many were found dead?

F.  How many were found injured?

G.  How many were in the care of the Local authority?

 

DECISION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

 

A review has been conducted and the decision is upheld. To answer the
second question would require a manual search of all the relevant files.
Such a search would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

 

However we could provide, within the cost limit, the number of females
aged under 13 have been reported as missing to one of the four Birmingham
Local Policing Units (LPUs) between 1st Jan and 14th Nov 2013.

 

To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could
confirm whether you wish us to provide the information outlined above.
After receiving your reply, your request will be considered and you will
receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as
defined by the Act, subject to the application of any statutory
exemptions. If you chose not to respond then your request will remain
unanswered.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

If locating and extracting the data for any one part of a request exceeds
the appropriate limit, then the whole request is deemed to do so. While,
under our duty to assist, we have offered to provide the data outlined
above, the cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the
amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of
locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs
limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West
Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by
the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

 

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is
relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the
time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating
that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this
letter acts as a refusal notice.

 

Therefore if you wish me to provide the number of females aged under 13
that have been reported as missing to one of the four Birmingham LPUs as
outlined above please let me know within 20 working days.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Carl Bird

Freedom of Information Unit

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Dear Freedom of Information,

I look forward to receiving the information available on missing children.

Yours sincerely,

Sophie

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms Palmer

 

FOI Request Reference:5023/14

 

Further to your email, received 13 May 2014 concerning missing girls, I am
pleased to enclose the following information.  Please note that these data
are the closest we hold to your request. They should not be interpreted as
representing anything other than as described in this response.

 

REQUEST

 

From 1 January 2013 to 14 November 2013 how many girls under the age of 13
have been reported missing in Birmingham?

 

RESPONSE

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Local Policing Unit | Number of Missing Females under 13 |
| | years |
|---------------------------------+--------------------------------------|
|Birmingham East (BE) | 12|
|---------------------------------+--------------------------------------|
|Birmingham North (BN) | 8|
|---------------------------------+--------------------------------------|
|Birmingham South (BS) | 2|
|---------------------------------+--------------------------------------|
|Birmingham West and Central (BWS)| 12|
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and
complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been
extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police
purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is
subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes
and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting
those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of
data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of
figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken
into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you
to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as
to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent
the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

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If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Susan Brown

 

 

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