Disclosure Details

Under 18s- 562/12

Dated: 30 Jul 2015

Date of request:   04/07/2012

Date of response:   11/07/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 4 July 2012 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: 

Please provide a breakdown of the following relating to under-18s detained under S136 of the Mental Health Act between 1 Jan 2011 and 31 Dec 2011: 
Please disclose:

  1. the number of 17 year olds detained

  2. the number of 16 years olds detained

  3. the number of 15 year olds and under detained

  4. the age of the youngest person detained under S136 of the Mental Health Act 
    For each case in each age group, please state 
    a. where the person was initially detained eg police custody, mental health unit or hospital 
    b. length of time the individual was held in police custody (only if the cost limit is not exceeded) 
    c. outcome of detention: (ie. for the cases where an individual was held in a cell, where did they go next?  eg hospital/mental health unit or released into the community  - only if the cost limit is not exceeded) 
    Please also supply:

  5.  the total number of under 18s detained in police custody under the Mental Health Act between 1 Jan 2011 and 31 Dec 2011.

  6. the total number of people (adults, young people and children) detained under the Mental Health Act between 1  January 2011-31 Dec 2011.

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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

The answers I have given below are based on those persons detained in accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983, which is the Act which affords the power of detention in certain specified circumstances. 

The first few questions ask for detentions under the specific section of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, and the latter questions ask for information on the Mental Health Act overall - for the purpose of our response I have assumed they are referring to overall the 1983 Act, therefore there is a difference in the answers to the first 2 questions where there are only 2 juveniles who have been arrested under Section 136, but 4 juveniles detained in total under the broader Mental Health Act.

  1. One 
    a)  Hospital 
    b)  3 hours 30 minutes 
    c)  Returned to home address

  2. One 
    a)  Police Station 
    b)  9 hours and 58 minutes 
    c)  Released from police station

  3. Nil.

  4. 16 years.

  5. Four.

  6. 216.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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 underour 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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