Position of Trust (875_16)

Request

This request relates to the following criminal offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003:
1.S16 Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity with a child
2.S17 Abuse of position of trust: causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
3.S18 Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity in the presence of a child
4.S19 Abuse of position of trust: causing a child to watch a sexual act
For each of the crimes (1-4) please provide the following information broken down by calendar years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

a)The totals number of reports made to your force, broken down by the position of trust held by the alleged offender (e.g. teacher, carer, doctor)
b)The total number of individuals arrested by your force, again broken down by the position of trust held by the alleged offender
c)The total number of individuals charged by your force, again broken down by the position of trust

If still possible within the cost limit:
d)The total number of individuals convicted, again broken down by the position of trust
e)Of those convicted, all information held on the sentences given

You refined your request

I would be happy to reduce parts a)-c) of my request to just total figures (i.e. not broken down by position of trust) and completely lose part d).

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.

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.

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