Summary of current child sexual abuse operations

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Dear Home Office,

Please could you provide a non -comprehensive high-level summary of current child sexual abuse operations (not including resourcing information)

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

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Dear Ms. Fox,

 

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

 

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 43112). We will aim to
send you a full response by 04/04/2017 which is twenty working days from
the date we received your request.

 

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Dear FOI Responses,

Please provide the previously manually compiled non-comprehensive list of police child sexual abuse investigations that is no longer current with date of compilation.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

Please provide the described, previously manually compiled non-comprehensive list of police child sexual abuse investigations that is no longer current, with date of compilation.

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

FOI Requests, Home Office

Ms Fox,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 43350). We will aim to send you a full response by 27/04/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

J Douglas
FOI Requests
Home Office

Dear FOI Requests,

You have failed to keep to what you said and failed to keep to the requirements of the FOI Act
"This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 43350). We will aim to send you a full response by 27/04/2017 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request."
Can you please reply

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Dear FOI Requests,

Section 77 states that it is a criminal offence to alter, block, destroy or conceal information.
As you have not replied with the information, then individuals are liable to be prosecuted for concealing information.
(case ref 43350).
J Douglas answered one email and thus is in line for this if this foi is not answered properly. Please inform him of this and any others involved in the request, including the head of FOI section that this is being considered.

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Dear Home Office,

Can you tell me when the Home Office is going to comply with their duty under the FOI Act?

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

Dear FOI Requests,

Can you tell me when the Home Office is going to comply with their duty under the FOI Act?

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Fox

Dear Home Office,

You have failedto reply to a request for over 6 months and 5 emails. If i do not get a reply within 72 hours, I have no choice but to inform the ICO of your blatant lawbreaking

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

Dear Home Office,

The Home Office has been found by the ICO to be breaking the FOI Act in not replying to this request and there is an ICO judgment against the Home Office on this request.

"Summary of current child sexual abuse operations"
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

That request was a new one as the Home Office chose not to answer a previous one entitled " Home Office " https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h... way back in 2015

Please also tell me who were the highest level people responsible for answering the 2 requests and why they they illegally chose not to answer.

Please note i also asked on 15 November 2015 which i require answering

Dear FOI Responses,

Re 36902

Thank you for the advice in answer to my questions and partial answer to question 4.

I will take your advice and request what you are referring to below. However please could you explain why you call it non comprehensive and high level summary, with the answer to my request, so that I may understand the terminology used.
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I have included the ICO judgement below, although there are some formatting errors in the reproduction here.

Reference: FS50693551
Freedom of Information Act 2OOO (FOIA)
Decision notice
Date: 1O January 2O18
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Public Authority:
Address:
Complainant:
Address:
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF
Ms C Fox
[email address]
Decision (including any steps ordered)
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2
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1 The complainant has requested information about child sexual abuse
investigations.
By the date of this notice, the Home Office has yet to provide a
substantive response to this request.
The Commissioner's decision is that the Home Office has breached
sections 1 (general right of access) and 10 (time for compliance) of the
FOIA by failing to provide a valid response to the request within 20
working days of receipt.
The Commissioner requires the Home Office to take the following steps
to ensure compliance with the legislation:
provide the complainant with a response to her request which
complies with the requirements section 1(1) of the FOIA, or issue
a valid refusal notice.
5. The Home Office must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the
date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the
Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court
pursuant to section 54 of the FOIA and may be dealt with as a contempt
of court.
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Reference: FS50693551
Request and response
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On 28 March 2017, the complainant wrote to the Home Office (HO) and
requested informatÍon in the following terms:
"Please provide the previously manually compiled non-comprehensive
list of police child sexual abuse investigations that is no longer current
with date of compilation."
The HO acknowledged receipt of the request but did not respond
substantively to it.
8. The complainant contacted the HO on 10 May, 15 July, 28 July, 13
August and 20 October 2017 asking for a response, but the HO did not
provide one.
Scope of the case
9. The complainant contacted the Commissioner on 13 November 20L7 to
complain about the non-response of the HO to her request.
10. The Commissioner contacted the HO about the complaint and it
confirmed that a response had not been sent out.
Reasons for decision
Section I - general right of access
11. Section 1(1) of the FOIA states that an individual who asks for
information is entitled to be informed whether the information is held
and, if the information is held, to have that information communicated
to them.
Section 10 - time for compliance
L2. Section 10(1) of the FOIA provides that a public authority must comply
with section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt. From the information provided
to the Commissioner it is evident that the HO has not responded to the
complainant's request within the statutory timeframe.
13. The Commissioner's decision is that the HO did not deal with the request
for information in accordance with the FOIA. She considers that by
failing to respond to the request within 20 working days, the HO has
breached sections 1(1) and 10(1).
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Reference: FS50693551
L4. The HO is required to respond to the request in accordance with
FOIA.
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Right of appeal
15. Either party has the right to appeal against this decision notice to the
First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights). Information about the appeals
process may be obtained from:
First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights)
GRC & GRP Tribunals,
PO Box 9300,
LEICESTER,
LE1 8DJ
Tel: 0300 L234504
Fax: 0870 739 5836
Email : [email address]. uk
Website : www.j u stice. gov. u k/tri bu na ls/genera l - reg u latorychamber
16. If you wish to appeal against a decision notice, you can obtain
information on how to appeal along with the relevant forms from the
Information Tribunal website.
L7. Any Notice of Appeal should be served on the Tribunal within 28
(calendar) days of the date on which this decision notice is sent.
Signed ¡aaaaa
Jon Ma ne
Group 9er
fnformation Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
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Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

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Dear Home Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Summary of current child sexual abuse operations'.
Thankyou for your eventual reply after way over 2 years - see 2015 Sept 23 WDTK FOI to Home Office https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
and 2017 Mar 4 WDTK FOI request to Home Office https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s....
You only replied when you were threatened by the ICO with a contempt of court. Although you offered a very brief apology. This is unacceptable to not reply for so long and not even offer an explanation, please detail why you did not reply for so long.
There is suspicion of course that the Home Office are trying to hide past child abuse of their own and such a length delay only feeds into this concern.
Please also tell me who were the highest level people responsible for answering the 2 requests and why they they illegally chose not to answer. You still have not addressed this point which was part of my question https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
I also asked "However please could you explain why you call it non
comprehensive and high level summary, with the answer to my
request, so that I may understand the terminology used." please address this point.

Is the Home Office in the habit of breaking the law as far as FOI on child sexual abuse? Please answer this under advice and assistance.
I must also ask for an internal review on the redaction.
"Public interest considerations in favour of disclosing the information
There is a general public interest in openness and transparency. The extent and outcome
of investigations into child sexual abuse is clearly a matter of strong public interest.
Public interest considerations in favour of withholding the information
The above considerations must be balanced against the need to avoid any action which
could hamper police investigations and have the effect that offenders are less likely to be
brought to justice.
Conclusion
The requirement to avoid any prejudice to these investigations is overwhelming and we
conclude that the balance of the public interest lies in maintaining the exemptions and
withholding the information which has been redacted from the list"
I do not believe that there is any prejudice to the operations by mentioning the names of thsoe operations, which after all are randomly generated. Furthermore some operations are obviously over eg Patrick Rock, how could that prejudice the operations? Please explain I do not believe your Public Interest test is thorough enough.
Please release all information from operations that have finished and all operation names and police forces involved

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

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Fox

FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Ms Fox

 

Please find attached the Home Office response to your request for an
internal review of FOI case 43350

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

M Riddle

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance, Assurance and Governance Directorate

Lower Ground Floor Seacole

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

T: +44 (0)20 7035 4848

 

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