Freedom of information response

Sport and safeguarding

Publication date: 
Friday 7 August 2020
Request: 

Please provide the following information for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, broken down by year:

a) Number of referrals made to your Designated Officer/LADO regarding physical chastisement in a sports setting (for the avoidance of doubt this could just be listed as "physical" but referral must also mention "sport" in some way)

b) Number of referrals made to your Designated Officer/LADO regarding emotional abuse/neglect in a sports setting (for the avoidance of doubt this could just be listed as "emotional" or "neglect" but referral must also mention "sport" in some way)

c) Of the cases covered in A and B), where this information is recorded, please provide the following detail:

  • age and gender of alleged victims involved (grouped by age: 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21+)
  • gender of alleged victims involved (female/male/other, grouped together)
  • sport and context in which the alleged physical/emotional abuse took place (for example, "gymnastics, group training, leisure centre" or "tennis, one-on-one coaching, private home")
  • gender of adult involved
  • job title of person subject to the allegation (for example, coach)
  • who made the allegation (for example, child, parent, other professional)
  • any anonymised detail you have of the nature of the alleged physical chastisement/emotional abuse

d) Of those cases in A and B), please provide figures for where other agencies became involved (for example, police, sports federations), where applicable.

Response: 

A/B)

2016 – Fewer than 5 (see below)

2017 – 0

2018 – 0

2019 – 0

We are unable to provide an exact number for the question above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

C/D) Unfortunately we are unable to provide in full the information you have requested. We do hold the information but an absolute exemption applies. Personal Information (Section 40,2)

Personal data of any other person (third party data) is exempt under section 40(2) if disclosure would breach of the data protection principles. This aspect of Section 40 is an Absolute Exemption and is therefore not subject to the Public Interest Test. 

This means we have balanced the legitimate interests of the public in having access to the information (under FOI a disclosure is a publication to the world at large) against the interests of the individual under the first principle of the Data Protection Act.

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

Where the copyright is owned by Thurrock Council, you must apply to the Council to re-use the information. Please email information.matters@thurrock.gov.uk if you wish to re-use the information you have been supplied. For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission.

Request reference:
FOI 10105