Sexual Offences (2801/15)

Request

  1. The number of rape and all other types of sexual offences that took place in the location of schools in your area for each of the following financial years: 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12.
  1. Please breakdown the figures by a) the financial years listed above b) type of offence c) age of the suspect/offender d) the outcome (charge, caution, etc.) e) if possible, the type of premises involved, for example primary or secondary school.
  1. If possible please can you also breakdown by who the suspect/offender was, by which I mean teacher, pupil, parent or other.

If this request will exceed the cost limit in its current form please notify me immediately, rather than after 20 working days, or carry out the request for as many years as would fall within the cost limit.

Clarification: I mean on school ground/premises or where the offence has been listed as taking place at a school or near one.

Response

Our response is attached (2801_Attachment). The data provided are the number of rapes and sexual offences where the primary location description is ‘educational’. Please note that this would include all types of educational establishment including colleges and universities. We do not differentiate between different types of educational establishment therefore we have not been able to provide a response to question 2e.

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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