Missing from care homes - 083/13
Dated: 01 Feb 2013
Date of request: 24/01/13
Date of response: 01/02/13
Thank you for your email dated 24 January 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
I would like to ask about children that have gone missing from care homes.
Please tell me how many have been reported missing for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
How many were missing more than a week?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The figures provided are based on the number of individuals reported missing regardless of the number of times they have gone missing for the period 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2012.
The request is for those reported missing from care homes, we have counted those which are recorded as being "In local authority care".
2009 - 355
2010 - 413
2011 - 436
2012 - 383
2009 - 10
2010 - 6
2011 - 11
2012 - 5
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
How to complain
If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp