Numbers of families visited in connection with a scheme reported in The Times

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Dear Durham Constabulary,

On Saturday 28 April 2018, The Times newspaper reported that "Police track hundreds of ‘invisible’ home-schoolers" http://tinyurl.com/ycj5ex89

The article referred to a project devised by Detective Superintendent Victoria Fuller which had been operating in Darlington since last year.

Please provide:
the date on which the scheme was put into place;
the number of homes which have been visited under this project;
the total number of school-aged children in those homes who were not registered at a school;
a list of the criteria which triggered these visits;
the number of families visited which were found not to be a cause for concern and therefore no further action was taken by yourselves or the local authority.

Yours faithfully,

R Hardy

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Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

"1. The pilot scheme commenced January 2017.
2. The number of homes visited under the scheme – 4
3. The total number of school aged children not registered at a school as of January 2017 was 101.
4. The criteria which triggered visits is where children have not been seen for 18 months by either education officers, health worker or the police and concerns had been raised regarding the safeguarding / welfare of the child or children.
5. The number of families visited which were found not to be a cause for concern and no further action taken – 2."

R Hardy left an annotation ()

Received 7 June in response to a request to clarify the figure given in point 3:

Good morning,

Further to your query below the requester has clarified the data in relation to question 3 - in each of the 4 households visited under the scheme there was one child not registered at a school.

Kind regards,
A Hattersley
Information Rights and Disclosure Supervisor
Professional Standards & Legal Services Department
Durham Constabulary

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