– The number of reports of sexual offences against children (under 18s) in each of the following years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
For each year, please specify
1) The number of incidents where an alleged victim was a looked-after child (ie. a child who was in local authority care).
2) The number of incidents reported to have taken place in a care setting (such as a local authority care home or foster home)
2) The nature of the offence (ie. physical sexual assualt or rape)
3) If possible, the ages of alleged victims
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of this information.
Please note that researching each individual case to provide Foster Care would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.
A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.