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Op Hydrant (519A/22)


In April last year (2021) the NSPCC-managed Report Abuse in Education helpline was set up in response to thousands of reports of recent and non-recent abuse of young people, particularly in schools and colleges.

By December, of the 979 reports into the helpline, it was reported 95 allegations were referred on to police forces through the national child sexual abuse hub at Operation Hydrant.

As a Freedom of Information request can I ask whether your force received any of these 95 referrals? If so, how many?

If you did not receive any could you please specify that.

Have any other referrals been passed to police from the same helpline between December 31 2021 and April 1 2022? If so, how many?


Please find attached our response.  Please note the numbers provided are through Operation Hydrant only.

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.