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.
1) How many sexual offences alleged to have been committed in schools (primary and secondary) and sixth-form colleges in your force area were recorded by your police force for the period:
a. 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016
b. 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017
c. 1 January 2018 to 31 July 2018
2) If details are available with respect to the offences recorded during the three time-periods specified in question 1:
a. How many of the offences were reported to have been committed against teachers?
b. How many of the offences were reported to have been committed against students?
c. How many of the offences were reported to have been committed by male students?
d. How many of the alleged victims were female?
If answers cannot be provided to question 2, please provide a response to question 1 if within the time constraints.
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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows with the below noted.
The central database was used to download the data and then the crimes were read through to determine the status of the victim and the offender, (student/teacher). There are some crimes that occurred that did not have either a student or a teacher as the victim or offender.
There are some cases where the offender is not identified and the crime has a status of undetected, this is due in part to a reluctance for the victim to name the offender.