(2) how many (a) referrals and (b) letters of notification on child protection received by the Department in each of the last five years from (i) state maintained and (ii) independent schools were subsequently reported to the police with a copy sent to the Department;
(3) when he plans to answer question (a) 188765 tabled on 20 February and (b) 189250 tabled on 21 February, on child protection.
Where employers (including independent schools) in the education sector have ceased to use the services of a person because they consider that person is unsuitable to work with children, or they would have ceased to use the person's services where the person has left their employment, they are required to refer information to the Department. In addition, the police refer to the Department cautions and convictions for those who have been working in educational establishments in accordance with Home Office Circular 6/2006 (The Notifiable Occupations Scheme). Identifying how many referrals and letters of notification were received from (i) state maintained and (ii) independent schools and how many were subsequently reported to the police with a copy sent to the Department would require detailed checks to be made
of individual case records and this would incur disproportionate cost.