Sexual offences against children aged under 18 (013901/19)

Request

I would like to request the following data in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

The number of recorded sexual offences against children aged under 18 between July 31, 2018 and August 1, 2019.

The number or recorded sexual offences against children aged under 18 between July 31, 2017 and August 1 2018.

The number of recorded sexual offences against children aged under 18 between July 31, 2016 and August 1 2017.

Can I get this information broken down by age and where possible details of the offence.

Response

Please find attached our response.

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.

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