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Sexual Offences in Educational Premises aged under 18 years (31/20)

Request

The number of reported peer-on-peer sexual offences on school premises involving under 18s. Please provide the figures per year within the following calendar years: 2019, 2018 and 2017 ?

If possible under FOI laws, in each instance may you please provide further information on the nature of the assault i.e rape, indecent exposure, inappropriate touching?

If possible under FOI laws, in each instance, may you please outline whether the accused individual was under or over the age of 10? 

The number of peer-on-peer sexual offences on school premises that resulted in an arrest. Please provide the figures per year within the following calendar years: 2019, 2018 and 2017 ? 

The number of peer-on-peer sexual offences on school premises that resulted in charges / summons. Please provide the figures per year within the following calendar years: 2019, 2018 and 2017?

Response

West Midlands Police have included data only where the defendant and the victim were both under the age of 18.  Therefore any defendants over the age of 18 have not been included in this search.  The data reflect a search under “educational” premises, this covers all types of educational facility from universities to pre-school

Please find attached (000031_attachment) 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.

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.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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