Unexplained Fractures in Babies

B McKenzie made this Freedom of Information request to Cheshire Constabulary

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The request was refused by Cheshire Constabulary.

Dear Cheshire 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

Cheshire Constabulary

Dear Mr McKenzie,

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 10/10/2011 which is
being dealt with as a request for information in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am in the process of dealing with your request and will respond in due
course and in any case by 07/11/2011. Please contact us by e-mail at
[Cheshire Constabulary request email] if you have any further enquiries.

Regards

Sarah Davies
Information Compliance
Tel:        01244 616556
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Dear B McKenzie,

I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 as set out below:

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.

In accordance with section 1(1) (a) of the Act our response is provided
below;

The information you have requested is not collated by the Constabulary
although some of it may be held. However from our preliminary assessment,
we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate
costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This
is currently £450. The basis for this calculation is the cost of
determining if the whole of the information you have requested is held and
the cost of retrieving that which is held.

There are at least several thousand nominal records on our children and
vulnerable adults database that covers four local authority areas. Within
those records would be another several thousand entries. To locate and
retrieve any of the information you have requested would entail a manual
search of all entries on all records. This would take one member of staff
about 250 to 300 hours to achieve.(£6250 to £7500). In addition other
force systems such as custody and crime recording would also need to be
search. Your request is therefore refused.

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Cheshire
Constabulary, when refusing to provide such information (because the
information is exempt) to provide you with a notice which a) states that
fact, b) specifies the exemption in question and c) states (if that would
not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

The appropriate limit is defined in the Data Protection and Freedom of
Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004, which is covered
by statutory Instrument Number 3244 of 2004. Furthermore, Section 12 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows a public authority to refuse to
respond to a request for information where the cost of compliance would
exceed the appropriate limit as defined by the above mentioned regulations.

In order to assist you the best we can offer is to confine any search to
recorded crime involving children as victims. Although they may no give a
full picture or an answer to all of your questions, they may help.

If I can be of any further assistance in this matter, please do not
hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.

(See attached file: FOI Appeals Procedures.Final version.doc)

Regards

John Gannon
Information Compliance
Tel: 01606 364176

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