Online Grooming (2412_15)

Request

Please provide me with information on the following:

1. How many incidents of online grooming among under 18s were reported to you between January 1st 2014 and December 31st 2014?

2. a) Of those, how many people were arrested? And b) charged?

3. How many incidents of online grooming among under 18s were reported to you between January 1st 2013 and December 31st 2013?

4. a) Of those, how many people were arrested? And b) charged?

5. How many incidents of online grooming among under 18s were reported to you between January 1st 2012 and December 31st 2012?

6. a) Of those, how many people were arrested? And b) charged?

7. How many incidents of online grooming among under 18s were reported to you between January 1st 2011 and December 31st 2011

8. a) Of those, how many people were arrested? And b) charged?

9. How many incidents of online grooming among under 18s were reported to you between January 1st 2010 and December 31st 2010

10. a) Of those, how many people were arrested? And b) charged?

I wish for the information to be based of The Home Office Classification of 88A Sexual Grooming which covers the following two offences:

88/1 – Meeting a female child following sexual grooming etc. (Offender is aged 18 or over and victim is under 16)

88/2 – Meeting a male child following sexual grooming etc. (Offender is aged 18 or over and victim is under 16)

I wish for the information broken down into cases of sexual grooming that were initiated online. However, I am aware that this involves going through the notes of each case. Therefore, if this process costs too much, I’ll just take the overall figures for meeting a child after sexual grooming.

I require the offence codes stated, victim under 16 and offender over 18.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of 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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