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Crimes by Under 18's - 163/20

Date Responded 19 February 2020

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

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:

1. Under your police force, how many children (under the age of 18) in the financial year 2018/19 following offences were recorded with:

a No Further Action

b Cautioned (formally or informally)

c Arrested

d Prosecuted

e Convicted

2. Under your police force, how many Looked After Children (under the age of 18) in the financial year 2018/19 following offences were recorded with:

a No Further Action

b Cautioned (formally or informally)

c Arrested

d Prosecuted

e Convicted

3. Please also provide, in table format, crimes by type for questions (1) and (2) above, and the percentage of first time offenders for each category and outcome.

4. How does your police force seek the views of care-experienced children and young people (Looked After Children and Care Leavers) on issues such as crime and policing?

5. Please attach any guidance/policies by your police force (or policing region) that relate to:

a Policing care-experienced children and young people (Looked After Children and/or Care Leavers)

b Trauma-informed policing (including Adverse Childhood Experiences)

c Child-rights or child-centred approach to policing

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the both the Corporate Development and Safeguarding Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. This information is not held.  Disposal information is not held in a format that we can search.  As it is updated each record is overwritten, and we do not keep a history of these cases.  The limitations of searches, ie querying by crime, would result in us not being able to provide the specific disposals/outcomes requested.  Depending on the crime, there may be multiple offenders and if they had different outcomes then only the prime outcome would be recorded.  Querying by arrests would not factor in those who have not been arrested.
  2. ‘Looked after’ is not a phrase we could inherently search for and we are unable to offer a response at this point
  3. We cannot provide for the reasons outlined above.  Additionally % data would not already be held and as such we could not have provided anyway.
  4. We obtain those views through our safeguarding multi agency partnership and working with junior LSCB’s.
  5. No information held.  We do not have any guidance/policies in relation to these parts of your request.  The organisation does have a local child centred policing plan which works alongside the national child centred policing strategy.
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