Child Sex Offences (13483/16)

Request

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act. The Children’s Society is seeking to establish the scale of sexual offences recorded against all children under the age of 18 and within that data to specifically establish the level of sexual offences against children aged 16 and 17.

The Children’s Society is also seeking the recorded outcomes for the sexual offences. The data will be used for a national level report on children who have been victims of crimes of a sexual nature. The data has been requested in quarters for your ease to reflect how it is recorded. If you cannot provide it by quarters please provide the total for each offence.

Response

Please find attached our response.  I apologise for the delay in responding.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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