Safeguarding children: Channel and Prevent data sharing

Jen Persson made this Freedom of Information request to Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
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The request was refused by Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board.

Dear Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board,

contact you with a Freedom of Information request, as under the FOI Act 2000, to ask for information regards the Channel and Prevent strategy in your area, and any associated multi-agency process for identifying, referring and supporting a person at risk of radicalisation, focusing on early intervention and engagement.

Please can you provide (time periods where applicable, are each per calendar year, since 2010 or as soon as records are available):

1. the total number of individuals (cases) that have been referred, and to where.

a) Identified at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
b) Numbers in each available age bracket, including any breakdowns of children by age (ie 0-5, 5-11, 11-14, 14-18.)
c) What was the nature and extent of that risk; (aggregated totals)
d) What support plans were identified (similar types, grouped if possible)
e) Total number and the percentage that came as referrals from under 18 education,
f) Total number of requests with, and without, consent, respectively.

2. Please provide a copy of the information, privacy policy and consent form that individuals (and/or their parent/guardian) receive before giving their consent before any information is shared about them as part of the Channel programme.

3. Please provide the total number of onward contact with that involved information sharing with the following, but not exclusively, to any third party services as a result and list how many case information were shared with which third parties (or *all*):

NHS staff
Social care staff, including Directors of Children’s and Adults’ Services
Schools, further education colleges and universities
Youth Offending Services
Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Safeguarding Adults Boards
Local Authority Safeguarding Managers
Home Office Immigration
Border Force
Housing
Prisons
Probation

5. Please provide (if possible diagrammatically, and if words only then it should be detailed enough to permit this to be drawn) the data flows that an individual is expected to understand from the point at which they are asked for consent to enter into the programme. This diagram should show where personal data are collected, or onwardly shared to other third parties as part of the programme, and any decision points which determine further data flows. The data collector, processor, and controller roles should be marked until the data destruction.

(Ie: school flags child, Parents contacted by Prevent officer, parents provide consent,
Prevent officer contacts Police Channel Officer, MASH Channel Panel, Panel reviews, passes on data to XYZ, decision A, action Y, data passed on to V, W, X, action N. 6 month review by XXX individuals / Panel, 18 months after exit scheme, all data destroyed).

6. Please provide the total number of cases reviewed at 6 and12 months from the
point at which they exited the process.

7. Please provide the retention period for the data on individuals involved in cases, from the point at which they exit the process, that each party (see Q3) involved follows.

8. Please provide the total number of individuals whose personal information is retained currently (date as per FOI receipt) who are no longer involved in cases, and have exited the process.

9). Please provide a sample referral text (anonymous) that the Channel panel would receive on first referral. ie. the kinds of text that the panel read and the information it contains.

10) For those referrals received through a school, please indicate where known, the source cause of the referral (ie teacher concerns, web monitoring system, friend.)

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
Jen Persson

Birmingham City Council,

 
 
 
 
Information request
Our reference: 3672269

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GovandCompStrategicServices,

Dear Jen Persson

 

Request

 

1. the total number of individuals (cases) that have been referred, and to
where.
a) Identified at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
b) Numbers in each available age bracket, including any breakdowns of
children by age (ie 0-5, 5-11, 11-14, 14-18.)
c) What was the nature and extent of that risk; (aggregated totals)
d) What support plans were identified (similar types, grouped if possible)
e) Total number and the percentage that came as referrals from under 18
education,
f) Total number of requests with, and without, consent, respectively.

2. Please provide a copy of the information, privacy policy and consent
form that individuals (and/or their parent/guardian) receive before giving
their consent before any information is shared about them as part of the
Channel programme.

3. Please provide the total number of onward contact with that involved
information sharing with the following, but not exclusively, to any third
party services as a result and list how many case information were shared
with which third parties (or *all*):

NHS staff
Social care staff, including Directors of Children's and Adults' Services
Schools, further education colleges and universities Youth Offending
Services Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Safeguarding
Adults Boards Local Authority Safeguarding Managers Home Office
Immigration Border Force Housing Prisons Probation

5. Please provide (if possible diagrammatically, and if words only then it
should be detailed enough to permit this to be drawn) the data flows that
an individual is expected to understand from the point at which they are
asked for consent to enter into the programme. This diagram should show
where personal data are collected, or onwardly shared to other third
parties as part of the programme, and any decision points which determine
further data flows. The data collector, processor, and controller roles
should be marked until the data destruction.
(Ie: school flags child, Parents contacted by Prevent officer, parents
provide consent, Prevent officer contacts Police Channel Officer, MASH
Channel Panel, Panel reviews, passes on data to XYZ, decision A, action Y,
data passed on to V, W, X, action N. 6 month review by XXX individuals /
Panel, 18 months after exit scheme, all data destroyed).

6. Please provide the total number of cases reviewed at 6 and12 months
from the point at which they exited the process.

7. Please provide the retention period for the data on individuals
involved in cases, from the point at which they exit the process, that
each party (see Q3) involved follows.

8. Please provide the total number of individuals whose personal
information is retained currently (date as per FOI receipt) who are no
longer involved in cases, and have exited the process.

9). Please provide a sample referral text (anonymous) that the Channel
panel would receive on first referral. ie. the kinds of text that the
panel read and the information it contains.

10) For those referrals received through a school, please indicate where
known, the source cause of the referral (ie teacher concerns, web
monitoring system, friend.)

 

Response

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ('the Act'), you have the right
to:

•          know whether we hold the information you require

•          be provided with that information (subject to any exemptions
under the Act which may apply).

Birmingham City Council (“the Council”) holds some of the requested
information that falls within the terms of your request, however, the
Council need more time to consider if the information you have requested
is exempt under section 24 (national security), 31 (law enforcement) and
38 (health and safety) of the Act.

 

The exemptions cited above are qualified exemption subject to the public
interest test. By virtue of section 10 (3) of the Act, where public
authorities have to consider the balance of the public interest in
relation to a request, they do not have to comply with the request until
such time as is reasonable in the circumstances.  

 

The Council needs to determine the balance of the public interest. Due to
the need to consider, in all the circumstance of the case, where the
balance of the public interest lies in relation to your request, the
Council will not be able to respond to your request in full within 20
working days and hope to let you have a response by 24 January 2019.

 

 

Regards

Governance

Strategic Services

Birmingham City Council

 

Telephone 0121 464 0085/0121 303 4720/464 5180

Email: [1][email address]  

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GovandCompStrategicServices,

Dear Ms Persson

 

The Council has re-considered your request and due to the nature of the
information that you are seeking, your request would be more appropriately
addressed to Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board.

 

As such, we propose to transfer your request to that organisation. 
However, before we transfer the request, we need your permission to advise
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board of your name and contact details.
If you agree to this, please sign and return the declaration below.

 

 

I, Ms Jen Persson hereby authorise Birmingham City Council to transfer my
information request to Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board

 

 

Signature: ………………………………………..

 

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Kind regards,

 

Tina Danks

Business Support Officer – Governance

Business Improvement – Strategic Services Directorate

 

Telephone:  0121 464 5180

Email:  [1][email address]

Visitor address:  Level 1, Zone 6, 10 Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B7 4BL

Postal address: PO Box 16568, Birmingham B2 2DS

 

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Dear GovandCompStrategicServices,

I, Ms Jen Persson hereby authorise Birmingham City Council to transfer my information request to Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, and ask that you provide the information that you *do* hold.

Sincerely,

Jen Persson

Birmingham City Council,

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Information request
Our reference: 3672269

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