Disclosure Details

Missing children - 673/13

Dated: 08 Oct 2013

Date of request:    10/09/2013

Date of response:  26/09/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated  10 September 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.       How many children (under the age of 16) were reported missing in each year for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012? Please provide as raw data
2.       Of those children reported missing, how many are still missing?'

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 Corporate Development Departments  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. Records are only available from April 2008 therefore the information given is from that date only. 

2008   826
2009   1105
2010   1123
2011   1149
2012   995

2. There are no children recorded above still missing.

Northumbria Police recognises the particular vulnerability faced by children who are reported as missing from home. We have worked with communities and partner agencies in raising awareness of specific issues and seek to take every opportunity to safeguard children and return them to a safe environment. We work alongside our partner agencies to ensure a multi-agency response is in place for those persons most at risk and put in place measures in order to reduce repeat incidents and thereby the risk of harm. 

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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