Runaway Girls (5039_14)

Request

In respect of incidences involving West Midlands police in the past 12 months:

How many 12-13 year old girls have run away?

With regard to those 12-13 year old girls who repeatedly runaway, how many times have they run away?

What reason do the girls relevant to the above questions state when asked why they ran away?

If you hold data in a different form which means answering a slightly differently worded question would be possible please give me the information you can provide.

Response

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

 

In this case, while most of the requested information has been supplied, some of the data has been presented in a summarized format by virtue of section 40 (2) (Personal data) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

 

To give details of the debrief would provide the personal data of the girls involved.  Section 40 is an absolute and class based exemption if to provide the information would breach the third party’s data protection rights.  In this case, to provide the data would not constitute fair processing of the data and therefore would breach the first of the principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.

Please find attached the requested data in summarized form.

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