CSE Problem Profiles (2817_18)

Request

Please can you provide copies of any Child Sexual Exploitation Problem Profile reports that have been produced since October 2014.

 

Do you hold current information that is specific to the Sandwell Local Authority that updates the issues covered in section 7.4, pgs 62 – 66,  of the October 2014 – Child Sexual Exploitation Problem Profile Report, and can you provide copies?

 

Who is currently the nominated CSE co-ordinator at Sandwell Council?

 

Do you have details of the current hotspots in Sandwell and can you provide a map, list or similar showing these hotspots?

Response

Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The most recent published profile and Sandwell CSE Co-ordinator details are available on the following website.

 

 

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/cse-problem-profile-724_15-3/

 

http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/24885/january_2017_-_organisational_chart_children_and_families.pdf

 

 

Subsequent reports are currently being worked on and will be made public.  Therefore under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain. The information you requested will be made available on the following website.

 

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

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 the information is exempt by virtue of the Section 22 (1) (Information intended for future publication)

 

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

 

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#foia-section-22-information-intended-for-future-publication

 

 

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

 

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated, and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In. addition uncoordinated release of this information, especially without proper consultation with those involved is likely to cause mental anguish to the people involved and their families and before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.

 

In addition to the above West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

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.

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