Unexplained Fractures in Babies

B McKenzie made this Freedom of Information request to Gloucestershire Constabulary

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The request was refused by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Dear Gloucestershire Constabulary,

Please could you provide all statistical data you hold, in relation to fractures in babies, going back from 2011 to whatever date is reasonable.

I am particularly interested in

1. The Local Authority Area
2. Name of the Hospital
3. Whether the Fractures had an organic explanation. (If so what was the cause eg. Brittle bones, Vitamin D deficiency etc)
4. Whether the Fractures were recorded as non accidental.
5. Whether a criminal trial ensued.
6. Whether the child was adopted.
7. Whether the child died from the injuries.

I appreciate that it may not be possible to provide all the above listed information however I would be grateful to receive whatever information you have available and signposting towards other organisations who may hold the relevant data.

Yours faithfully,

B McKenzie

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Dear Mr McKenzie,

Enquiry Ref : 2011/3442

I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry, which we received on 07 October 2011, requesting information concerning all statistical data held in relation to fractures in babies, going back from 2011 to whatever date is reasonable.

In particular:
1. The Local Authority Area
2. Name of the Hospital
3. Whether the Fractures had an organic explanation. (If so what was the cause eg. Brittle bones, Vitamin D deficiency etc)
4. Whether the Fractures were recorded as non accidental.
5. Whether a criminal trial ensued.
6. Whether the child was adopted.
7. Whether the child died from the injuries.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act, it will be our aim to respond to your request by 04 November 2011. However, it may be that we need to seek further clarification or information from you. This will add to the time in which we are allowed to respond to your request, of which you will be advised, together with the likely timescale within which the response will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Carstens

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Gloucestershire Constabulary

Dear Mr McKenzie,

Enquiry Ref : 2011/3442

Thank you for your enquiry dated 07 October 2011 requesting information concerning:

Please could you provide all statistical data you hold, in relation to fractures in babies, going back from 2011 to whatever date is reasonable.

I am particularly interested in

1. The Local Authority Area
2. Name of the Hospital
3. Whether the Fractures had an organic explanation. (If so what was the cause eg. Brittle bones, Vitamin D deficiency etc)
4. Whether the Fractures were recorded as non accidental.
5. Whether a criminal trial ensued.
6. Whether the child was adopted.
7. Whether the child died from the injuries.

To help us identify the information you require I would be grateful if you would provide me with the following information:

With regards to information held by Gloucestershire Constabulary, the only thing that may be relevant to your request would be crime information. There is the Home Office Category of Cruelty/Neglect to Children which could be used to search for crimes that fell into this category. I would then need to manually review each crime to see if any answered the rest of your request. Please note that to be able to do this without engaging Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the time period would need to be January 2010 to date of request to search for crimes.

Can you confirm if this is acceptable? Please also note that it may not be possible to answer all the specific questions in your request as to do so is reliant on the information being contained in the crime report.

If you are unable to give me this information, please indicate how I may otherwise assist you. Unfortunately I am unable to respond to your request until I have received this information.

If you would like to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

A Pressman
Disclosure Officer

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