Disclosure Details

Sarahs Law - 442/15

Dated: 08 May 2015

Date of request:     01/05/15

Date of response:    08/05/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 1 May 2015 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.  How  many  applications  did  the  force  receive  under  the Child Sex Offenders Disclosure Scheme (Sarah’s Law) for the following years?


2. For the above years, how many applications resulted in information about people who pose a risk to children being given to applicants?

3.  What steps has the force taken to promote public awareness of the child sex offender disclosure scheme?

If any questions take me over the cost limit, remove them and answer the rest please.    

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 Corporate Communications and Legal Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

2011/12    38
2012/13    28
2013/14    24

2. We have taken this question as any action taken other than, or more than, a non-disclosure letter.

2011/12    7
2012/13    6
2013/14    3

3. Internal and external communications were undertaken to raise awareness. Internally a briefing was provided to all officers and staff via Area Command Senior Management Teams to explain the scheme. This was supported by an e mail broadcast, screensaver and intranet information. Externally information was released to the media and information was detailed on the force website where an on line reporting form is also available.

Further information can also be found by searching for Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme or Sarahs Law on the Northumbria Police website, the link to which I have provided below.


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 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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