Disclosure Details

Sexual abuse - 1167/16

Dated: 21 Nov 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 21 October 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked: 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full answers to each of the following questions regarding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA): 

1. How much money is your force expecting to spend in total on complying with the demands of IICSA for the current financial year, 2016-17, and also for the 2017-18 financial year?

2. How much money has your force spent to date on legal costs for IICSA, either on lawyers for the preliminary hearings or in providing legal opinion?

3. Has your force had to employ any extra staff or contractors to search through archives or store additional documents as a result of IICSA? If so please provide details.

4. How many referrals of suspected child abuse has your force received from IICSA to date?

5. If possible, please state if any of these have led to any arrests or ongoing investigations.


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 Finance, Legal and Safeguarding 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. 

1. No information held.

2. Nil

3. No

4. 20

5. Yes, investigations are ongoing


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.