Why do young girls runaway from non-parent carers?

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Dear West Midlands Police,

In respect of incidences involving West Midlands police in the past 12 months:

how many 12-13 year old girls have run away?

With regard to those 12-13 year old girls who repeatedly runaway, how many times have they run away?

What reason do the girls relevant to the above questions state when asked why they ran away?

If you hold data in a different form which means answering a slightly differently worded question would be possible please give me the information you can provide.

Yours faithfully,

Sophie

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms Palmer

 

FOI Request Reference: 5039/14

 

Your request for information, received 14/05/2014 has now been
considered.

 

 

REQUEST

 

In respect of incidences involving West Midlands police in the past 12
months:

 

How many 12-13 year old girls have run away?

 

With regard to those 12-13 year old girls who repeatedly runaway, how many
times have they run away?

 

What reason do the girls relevant to the above questions state when asked
why they ran away?

 

If you hold data in a different form which means answering a slightly
differently worded question would be possible please give me the
information

you can provide.

 

 

RESPONSE

 

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public
authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds
and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

 

In this case, while most of the requested information has been supplied,
some of the data has been presented in a summarized format by virtue of
section 40 (2) (Personal data) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/...

 

To give details of the debrief would provide the personal data of the
girls involved.  Section 40 is an absolute and class based exemption if to
provide the information would breach the third party’s data protection
rights.  In this case, to provide the data would not constitute fair
processing of the data and therefore would breach the first of the
principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. As this exemption is class
based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this
instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest
in release.

 

Please find attached the requested data in summarized form.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/advic...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within six months of the
date of this correspondence.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Andrea Mobberley

Freedom of Information Unit

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Dear Ms Palmer

 

FOI Request Reference: 5039/14

 

Your request for information, received 14/05/2014 has now been
considered.

 

 

REQUEST

 

In respect of incidences involving West Midlands police in the past 12
months:

 

how many 12-13 year old girls have run away?

 

With regard to those 12-13 year old girls who repeatedly runaway, how many

times have they run away?

 

What reason do the girls relevant to the above questions state when asked
why

they ran away?

 

If you hold data in a different form  which means answering a slightly

differently worded question would be possible please give me the
information

you can provide.

 

 

 

RESPONSE

 

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public
authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds
and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

 

In this case, while most of the requested information has been supplied,
some of the data has been presented in a summarized format by virtue of
section 40 (2) (Personal data) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/...

 

To give details of the debrief would provide the personal data of the
girls involved.  Section 40 is an absolute and class based exemption if to
provide the information would breach the third party’s data protection
rights.  In this case, to provide the data would not constitute fair
processing of the data and therefore would breach the first of the
principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. As this exemption is class
based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this
instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest
in release.

 

Please find attached the requested data in summarized form.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
website.

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your
case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/advic...

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within six months of the
date of this correspondence.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Andrea Mobberley

Freedom of Information Unit

Corporate Communications

To report crime and anti-social behaviour which does not require an
emergency response, please call 101. In an emergency, dial 999

 

Ext. 7630 6667

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Website: [2]www.west-midlands.police.uk
Twitter: [3]www.twitter.com/wmpolice
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Flickr: [6]www.flickr.com/westmidlandspolice

 

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