Sports coach complaints about child welfare 2010 – 2020

How many complaints against sports coaches regarding child welfare has your local authority received in each of the last 10 years?

How many of the complaints in question 1 related to children in gymnastics?
How many of the complaints in question 1 related to concerns over sexual abuse?

How many of the complaints within question 3 related to concerns over sexual abuse of children in gymnastics? 

Prior to 2015 Devon County Council does not record this information in a manner that can be easily extracted from our systems.  Therefore, in order to provide an answer we would have to undertake a manual interrogation of each referral to establish the circumstances and make any connection within the parameters set.  We estimate that to carry out this exercise would exceed the cost limit of £450 (equating to 18 hours of time).  For this reason we believe that Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act applies (cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limits.

Year Total Number of Complaints Related to children in gymnastics Related to concerns over sexual abuse Related to concerns over sexual abuse of children in gymnastics
2015 8 0 * 0
2016 10 * * 0
2017 5 * * 0
2018 22 * 7 0
2019 12 0 * 0
2020 (Jan – Sept) 12 0 5 0

* The numbers provided are very low. To reveal the precise number would potentially identify these individuals and risk a public disclosure of their personal data. This would be a breach of the first data protection principle and this information is therefore exempt from disclosure pursuant to Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.