Childrens Act (6529_16)

Request

1) For your Police Force Area, for 2013, 2014 and 2015, how many allegations were investigated by the force in respect to offences under Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978?

Of the allegations, how many resulted in an arrest being made?

Of the arrests made, how many people were formally charged (with 1 or more offences under this Act)?

Please provide figures for each year separately.

2) For your Police Force Area, how many allegations were investigated by the force in respect to the following sections of the Serious Crime Act 2015, since the Act was introduced?

a) Section 67 – Sexual communication with a child
b) Section 68 – Child sexual exploitation
c) Section 69 – Possession of paedophile manual

Of the allegations, how many resulted in an arrest being made?

Of the arrests made, how many people were formally charged (with 1 or more offences under this Act)?

Further to point 2 of the original query, please provide information against the following codes:

21 Sexual Activity involving a Child under 13
22A Causing Sexual Activity without Consent
22B Sexual Activity involving a Child under 16
71 Abuse of Children through Sexual Exploitation
88A Sexual Grooming

Response

Please find attached our response.

In addition, West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request, as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case. Confirming or denying the existence of whether information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out with Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

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.

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