Sexual activity complaints against adults

1. Please tell me the number of complaints or reports about sexual activity between an adult and children aged 16 or 17 in their care made to the Local Authority Designated Officer in the last year (April 1st 2017 to March 31st 2018):

Please exclude from this request any complaints made about adults working in education and care settings; clinics; hospitals; voluntary children’s homes; residential family centres; criminal justice settings.

2. Please tell me what fields the adults complained about were working in (eg sport coaching, music, theatre, youth work, religion), and the number of complaints against adults in each sector.

In response to both questions, we can confirm that in the last year we have received a very small number of complaints. To reveal the precise number and the further information requested in question 2 would risk identifying the individuals concerned which would be a breach of their personal data. This would be a breach of s.35 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

The disclosure of this information is therefore exempt pursuant to s. 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.