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Children on Sex Offenders' Register

Question

  1. The number of children (those under 18) currently on your force’s sex offenders’ register
  2. The current age of every child and the age at which they were added to the register.
  3. The offences every child was convicted of.
  4. The ages of the victims in every case.

Answer

  1. Five
  2. Current Age

    Count

    15

    1

    16

    1

    17

    3

     

    Age when added to register

    13

    14

    15

    16

    17

  3. Offence/Reason for Registration

    Count

    Rape

    4

    Sexual Harm Prevention Order

    1

    Please note that the information provided for questions 1 – 3 is taken from current records and is dynamic in nature and therefore only accurate as of the date of your request.

  4. I am not obliged to provide the ages of the victims as this information is exempt by the virtue of Section 40(2) relating to third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes. 

    In addition the information is also exempt by virtue of section 44(1)(a), prohibitions on disclosure. The victim in a case of rape or one of the sexual offences listed in the 1992 Act is entitled to 'anonymity' in the press. Once an allegation of one of the relevant offences has been made, nothing can be published which is likely to lead members of the public to identify the victim. The offences listed in the 1992 Act include most offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. As above this is also an absolute and class based exemption therefore no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test.

    In accordance with the Act, this represents a Refusal Notice for this part of your request.

 

FOI Ref: 676/16

Date of Request: 04.05.16