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Outcome 21 (59A/21)

Request

I am writing to request some data relating to the use of Outcome 21 by your force.

I would be very grateful if I could have an answer to the following questions relating to Home Office Crime Code 86/2 AND 86/10 which includes the offences:

  • Attempt to distribute an indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child
  • Distribute an indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child
  • Make indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child
  • Permit taking of indecent photo / pseudo-photograph of a child
  • Possess to show / distribute – indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child
  • Show an indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child
  • Take an indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child

The data I require is:

  1. Between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 How many times has ‘Outcome 21’ been used across your force? Please separate by Gender and Month.
  2. Between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 How many of those ‘Outcome 21s’ relate to ‘Youth Produced Sexual Imagery’ (Sexting by Under 18s)? Please separate by Gender and Month.
  3. Between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 How many of those Outcome 21s (relating to Youth Produced Sexual Imagery) involved 10 – 17 year olds? Please separate by Gender and Month.
  4. Between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 How many overall reports of crimes relating to Youth Produced Sexual Imagery (sexting by under 18s) have been made? Please separate by Gender and Month.
  5. Between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 How many children, those aged between 10 – 17, were charged with the offence of ‘Possession of an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child, Criminal Justice Act 1998 – section 160(1)’? Please separate by Gender and Month.
  6. Between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 How many children, those aged between 10 – 17, were charged with the offence of ‘Taking, making, distributing and sharing an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child, Protection of Children Act 1978 – section 1(1)’? Please separate by Gender and Month.
  7. Between 01/01/2016 and 31/12/2020 how many Outcome 21s have been issued by your force for HO Crime Code ’86/2′ AND ‘86/10’ to children between 10 – 13, please break the number down by year.
  8. Between 01/01/2016 and 31/12/2020 how many Outcome 21s have been issued by your force for HO Crime Code ’86/2′ AND ‘86/10’ to children under the age of 10, please break the number down by year.

Response

Please find attached (59A_21_attachment.pdf).

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.

Attachments

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