Disclosure Details

Sarahs Law - 036/13

Dated: 21 Jan 2013

Date of request:      09/01/13

Date of response:   18/01/13

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 9 January 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. Since the introduction of "Sarah’s Law" up to 31.12.2012 how many requests has your force received asking if someone who has regular access to children has a sex offender’s record? 

  2. How many of the requests were of a positive nature with the subject having a sex offender’s record? 

  3. Of those individuals who did have a sex offender’s record please state the main/primary offence that caused concern?

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Legal Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. 78 since October 2010 when the scheme started in Northumbria.

  2. 25 in total, 19 of which were in the Northumbria Police area, the remainder were referred to the relevant police force.

  3. Taking indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children
    Indecent assault on male under 16
    Indecent assault on female under 16
    Intercourse with girl under 16
    Indecent assault

Please note: Not all of these offences would  result in a disclosure being made, as they did not fit the criteria for disclosure under the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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