Missing Children - 1779/20

Date Responded 18 January 2021

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. “ Please state, for children that had missing episodes recorded in your missing persons database (or equivalent central recording system), and that were flagged as being at risk of child sexual exploitation, the total number of missing episodes recorded for each of the ten children that went missing the most often.

Please provide information for missing episodes recorded between January 1st 2018 to November 25th 2020.

2. Please state, for children that had missing episodes recorded in your missing persons database (or equivalent central recording system), and that were flagged as being at risk of child sexual exploitation, the total number of missing episodes recorded in each of the following calendar years
a. 2018
b. 2019
c. 2020 up to November 25th

To clarify, my request is for the number of missing episodes recorded for individual children who have been flagged as being at risk of child sexual exploitation, rather than for the number of incidents flagged as being cse related. “

 

In Response:

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows, however the following caveats should be noted:

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


• Due to the requirements of this FOI, whilst the "SE - Victim" flag has been searched for, this flag may be applied at any point in time. The search therefore may return cases wherein a child has gone missing prior to being flagged as at risk of CSE.
• Any given incident of a victim being missing may not relate to an incident wherein they are at risk of CSE.
• Any data held prior to 1 April 2018 on this is taken as a snapshot as it was on 31 March 2018; this means that someone who was flagged as at risk in (for example) May 2018 and had otherwise gone missing in Feb 2018 would not appear on this return.
• The SE - Victim marker is being used to indicate a number of warnings beyond CSE - basically any instance of exploitation.

 

1.

Child

Episodes

Child 1

115

Child 2

97

Child 3

90

Child 4

89

Child 5

84

Child 6

79

Child 7

78

Child 8

77

Child 9

76

Child 10

73

 

Year

Episodes

2018

1574

2019

1658

2020

1976

 

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