Scoutmasters (139_14)

Request

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:

1.            Please provide figures for the number of adults arrested for sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts). Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.

2.            Please provide figures for the number of adults who received cautions for sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts).. Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.

3.            Please provide figures for the number of adults who were charged with sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts).. Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.

4.            Please provide figures for the number of adults who were convicted of sexual offences who were Scoutmasters or who worked or volunteered for the Scouts (including cub scouts). Please provide figures from 1st January 2001 to the present day. Please provide a breakdown by calendar year.

If the information is not held in a central database, please narrow down your records to sexual offences, and then use a search function to search for the words “Scoutmaster”, “Scout”, “Scouts” “Cub Scouts”, “Cub” and “Cubs”. I am aware that this will not give a total picture,  since there may be people who worked with the Scouts where this was not recorded because it was not known or not seen as relevant. I am aware that police record keeping is specific to individual forces and will not be using the data to compare across forces.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. The request was not for data in relation to when Scoutmasters or volunteers were engaged in committing sexual offences when fulfilling that role, just offenders who had that connection. There is no legal compulsion for people to tell us their occupation and it is feasible that their occupation or volunteer status may be unrecorded. This would especially be the case if the crime was not connected to the scouting activity.

The scout website states that over 160,000 people work within scouting, mainly consisting of volunteers. By default, unless the alleged crime directly related to their work whilst scouting, it is possible that the attached data are not true reflection of the actual figure.

It is also worth noting that the scout association insists on people having a current DBS check.

Please also note that 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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