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Missing Children (1160A/20)

Request

Please state, for children (aged 16 and under)  that had missing episodes recorded in your missing persons database (or equivalent central recording system), and that were flagged as being at risk of child sexual exploitation, the total number of missing episodes recorded for each of the ten children that went missing the most often.

Please provide information for missing episodes recorded between January 1st 2018 to November 25th 2020.

  1. Please state, for children (aged 16 and under) that had missing episodes recorded in your missing persons database (or equivalent central recording system), and that were flagged as being at risk of child sexual exploitation, the total number of missing episodes recorded in each of the following calendar years
  2. 2018 from Jan 1st – 31st Dec
  3. 2019 from 1st Jan to 31st Dec
  4. 2020 from Jan 1st up to November 25th

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

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 file 1160A/20). 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.

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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

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