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Return Home Interviews and missing children

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Dear Northumbria Police,

Please find below a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. The data I require relates to Return Home Interviews (RHI), child exploitation and missing children

When you respond with confirmation that you have received my request, could you please advise whether any clarification is needed in order to complete my request? Please ensure any questions arrive to me prior to the 20 day deadline.

My questions are:
+ How many instances of missing children did you have reported to you Jan 2017-Jan 2019? Can you send gender/age/location/outcome breakdown? Please can you also indicate how many different children were reported missing for comparison.
+ Can you send me your information sharing protocols from local authority Return Home Interviews, if you have any? Please indicate if you do not.
+ If a senior member of staff is happy to offer an opinion - would you say you feel enough information is being shared with you by local authorities from return interviews? (Y/N)
+Do you have any data gathering mechanisms for whether child exploitation happens in particular areas and is this database supported by information gained from information sharing with the local authority?
+How many times was child exploitation reported to you in connection with a Return Home Interview Jan 2014-Jan 2019?

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Poppy
Before we progress this request please confirm it is a 13 month period your looking for - ie Jan 2017 - Jan 2018
Once this is confirmed we can progress accordingly

Regards
FOI team

Northumbria Police & Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the Freedom Of Information Act 2000

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should be provided to you by 02/04/2019 which is in accordance with the legislation.

Yours sincerely

Information Management Unit

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'Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide'

'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect the communities we serve.'

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Dear Freedom of Information team,

Thank you so much for getting back and clarifying the details of my request. Yes, I can confirm, this is a 13 month period I am looking for.

Yours sincerely,

Poppy Damon

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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

 

Thank you for your e mail dated 5 March 2019 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority
(including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

 

You asked:

1.      How many instances of missing children did you have reported to
you Jan 2017-Jan 2019? Can you send gender/age/location/outcome breakdown?
Please can you also indicate how many different children were reported
missing for comparison.

2. Can you send me your information sharing protocols from local authority
Return Home Interviews, if you have any? Please indicate if you do not.

3.If a senior member of staff is happy to offer an opinion - would you say
you feel enough information is being shared with you by local authorities
from return interviews? (Y/N) Do you have any data gathering mechanisms
for whether child exploitation happens in particular areas and is this
database supported by information gained from information sharing with the
local authority?

4. How many times was child exploitation reported to you in connection
with a Return Home Interview Jan 2014-Jan 2019?

 

 

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
Corporate Development and Safeguarding Departments of Northumbria Police.
I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by
Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not held centrally nor is it held in a format
that allows its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold. This is
particularly relevant at point 4. The data for missing from homes is put
onto the Northumbria Police Information System.  This data can be in
relation to a number of things in relation to the persons threat, harm &
risk.  There is not a mechanism that can extract a response to specific
query at this point and each record would require a manual review to
extract.  This cannot be achieved within the permitted 18 hours therefore
Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section
does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for
information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the
request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to
£450.00

 

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

 

Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied
information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before
it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is
helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees
regulations for the remainder of your request.

 

1.      See attached.

2.     Government guidance on missing children is easily available via the
link below, including ‘Return Home Interviews’ and ‘Collecting, sharing
and analysing data on children who go missing’.

 

[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

 

The Guidance states that LSCB should ‘ensure that partners from children’s
social care, police, health, education and other services work effectively
together’. The onus is on the local authorities to share Return Home
Interviews where appropriate. Any sharing of information would be
considered under the Data Protection Act.

 

3. This is asking for opinion and therefore not valid under FOI

 

 

 

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.

 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to
publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider
public interest.

 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
requester.

 

I have provided the relevant link below.

 

[2]https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/about...

 

 

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, attached.

 

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.

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

 

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'Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide'

'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality
Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect
the communities we serve.'

 

 

 

 

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