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Abducted Children (740_18)


I’d like to have the following data from 2014 to 2017 (financial year) broken down by year:      

 How many children were abducted by a parent? (Home Office classification 13/1) Please provide this data broken down by:

– Gender of the victim at the time.

– Gender of the parent.

– Name of the country each child has been taken to.

   How many children were abducted by other persons? (Home Office classification 13/2). Please specify if kidnapper was a relative or an unknown person


 We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. Please find attached This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the parts of the information that have not been released.


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, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for the information that has not been disclosed. The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions 

Section 30 (1) -Investigations and Proceedings conducted By a Public Authority.

Section 40 (2) – Personal Information  

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here: 

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached  

Section 40 (2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights.  In this case to release this personal information 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.