Disclosure Details

Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme - 200/12

Dated: 01 Mar 2012

Date of request: 15/02/2012

Date of response: 01/03/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 15th February 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: 

  1. When did the force begin implementing Sarah's Law?

  2. How many requests for information under Sarah's Law has the force received since it was implemented?

  3. For each financial year since Sarah's Law was implemented, please state:
    a) the number of requests made
    b) the number of requests granted
    c) the number of requests refused
    d) the number of granted requests that were positive (i.e. subject of the request was a sex offender)
    e) the number of granted requests that were negative (i.e subject of the request was not a sex offender)

  4. How many sex offenders whose details were disclosed by the force under Sarah's Law have subsequently reported being a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour as a result of that disclosure?

    Where possible, please specify what these alleged crimes were (e.g. assault, arson, criminal damage, robbery).

  5. Please provide a copy of the force's policy relating to disclosures under Sarah's Law.

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 Crime and Legal Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. As the information you have requested at this part of your request is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

    I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

    Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

    Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

    Information which answers this part of your request is freely available on the Northumbria Police website.  To assist further I  have provided the relevant link below


  2. 57

  3. a)  2010-11: 24 and  2011-12 (to date): 33
    b) 2010-11:  21 and 2011-2012 (to date): 32
    c) 3 Subjects could not be positively identified from the information given by the applicant and 1 request is currently pending as to whether we are to proceed.
    d) 2010-11:  9 and 2011-12: 3
    e) 2010-11: 18 and 2011-12:  24

  4. No information held, this is not recorded.

  5. You should note that this document is currently under review.

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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