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Date Responded 23 July 2019

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:

For each financial year 2010/11 - 2018/19, please tell me...

  1. How many requests for information were received by your force under the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah's Law)
  2. How many of these requests resulted in a paedophile being revealed

On the 10 June we asked you to clarify what was meant by point 2.  On the 18 June you responded – ‘resulted in a child sex offender being disclosed to the person who made the request for information.’

In Response:

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

 

Financial Year

Total Requests

Requests resulting in Disclosure

Oct 10-Mar 11

23

4

Apr 11-Mar 12

34

2

Apr 12- Mar 13

24

1

Apr 13 – Mar 14

29

2

Apr 14 - Mar 15

54

4

Apr 15 – Mar 16

63

4

Apr 16 – Mar 17

68

3

Apr 17 – Mar 18

63

3

Apr 18 – Mar 19

120

31

 

We actively encourage people to utilise the Safeguarding Disclosure Scheme to request information in order to make their lives, or the lives of others, safer.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law), and the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah’s Law), were brought together as one application in 2018.  By combining them in one application, we are better able to identify those at risk.

A successful media campaign in relation to Clare’s Law last year, saw a significant increase in the number of Safeguarding Disclosures which can be seen in the increased requests and disclosures in the year 2018-2019.

In order to provide further which may be useful to you I have provided a link to a media release regarding the increase in those submissions.

https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/latest-news/2019/march/how-clares-law-is-saving-lives/

 

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