FOI Request - Counter-Terrorism and Security Act

Request 101001243308

Within the context of the 2015 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act and the national ‘Prevent’ strategy, please provide me with the following:

1. Details of any school pupils referred to Police Scotland, or other relevant authorities identified in the Act, between 1 July 2015 and 13 July 2016. These details should include, but not be limited to, (a) relevant electronic copies of emails/minutes/reports sent or received by council staff and teachers, (b) a
summary of total pupils referred by month and school, their age, and the reason for referral. I understand that this information may need to be redacted;

2. A breakdown of the number of primary and secondary school teachers who have received ‘Act Now’ training from Police Scotland between 1 July 2015 and 13 July 2016. If possible, provide a breakdown by month.

3. An electronic copy of the council’s implementation plan for ‘Prevent’ as mentioned here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/44
5978/3799_Revised_Prevent_Duty_Guidance__Scotland_V2.pdf

Response 05-08-2016

Q1 and Q3

In accordance with Section 18 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, we neither confirm nor deny if this information is held. If it were held, this information would be exempt under the following sections of the same Act:

Section 31 (1) Safeguarding national security

Section 30 Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs

Section 39 Health, Safety and the Environment

Sec 38(1)(b) Personal Information

The Council considers that it is not in the public interest for this information to be released for the following reasons:

Releasing information on referrals could

    • easily lead to identification of individuals, especially if low numbers were involved
    • lead to racial targeting of minorities by the public if made aware of identified threat within the area, thus risking their safety and mental health
    • endanger physical safety of public by alerting terrorist groups to the existence/ absence of individuals being monitored, therefore
      • indicating whether they are/ are not under surveillance.
      • undermining the Council’s responsibility to ensure safety of the public
      • enabling groups to increase activity if there were few/no referrals

The Council must be able to implement Prevent without the risk that those intent on promoting terrorism are assisted by disclosure of any information. Releasing this information could 

    • alert terrorist groups to the systems or procedures being relied upon to implement Prevent, therefore
      • jeopardising implementation and risking public safety.
      • endangering the mental health of those vulnerable to influence from extremist groups

Q2.

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we can confirm that this information is not held.

Act Now is delivered to children and details of teachers who may have been present during the training is not recorded.

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