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Offences against Children

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions in cases of sexual offences against children under the age of 18 there were in each of the last three years. (253853)

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in England and Wales of sexual offences against children under the age of 18 in England and Wales for the years 2005 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Data provided are for those statutes where the age of the victim is specified.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

The number of persons found guilty of sexual offences against children under the age of 18 years in England and Wales, 2005 to 20071, 2, 3

2005

2006

2007

Found guilty

1,351

1,764

1,866

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 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 large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3 The following sections of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 have been used for this table:

1, 5, 6, 7, 8(1) & (2), 8(1) & (3), 9(1)(a)(b)(c )(i) & (2), 9(1)(a)(b)(c )(ii) & (2), 9(1)(a)(b)(c )(ii) & (2) & (13), 9(a)(b)(c)(ii) & (3), 9(1)(a)(b)(c )(ii) & 9(2) & (13), 9(a)(b)(c)(i)(3) & 13, 9(a)(b)(c)(ii)(3) & 13, 10(1)(a)(b)(c)(i) & (3), 10(1)(a)(b)(c)(ii) & (3) 10(1)(a)(b)(c)(i) & 13, 10(1)(a)(b)(c)(ii) & 13, 10(1)(a),(b),(c )(i) (2) & (13), 10(1)(a),(b),(c )(ii) (2) & (13), 11(1)(a)(b)(c )(d)(ii) & (13), 12(1)(a)(b)(c )(i) & (2), 12(1)(a)(b)(c )(ii) & (2), 12(1)(a)(b)(c )(i) & (13), 12(1)(a)(b)(c )(ii) & (13), 14, 15, 16(1)(a)-(c )(e)(i)&(5), 16(1)(a)-(c )(e)(ii)&(5), 16(1)(a)-(d)(e) (i) & (2) to (5), 16(1)(a)-(d)(e) (ii) & (2) to (5), 17(1)(a)-(d)(e) (ii) 2 & (5), 17(1)(a)-(c )(e)(i)&(5), 17(1)(a)-(c )(e)(ii)&(5), 18(1)(a)-(e)(f)(ii) & (2) to (5), 18(1)(a)-(e)(f)(i) & (2) to (5), 18(l)(a)-(d)(f)(i)&(5), 18(1)(a)-(d)(f)(ii)&(5), 19(1)(a)-(c), (e)(i) & (5),19(1)(a)-(c) (e)(ii) & (5), 25(1)(a)-(d) (e)(i) & (5), 25(1)(a)-(d) (e) (ii) & (5), 25(1)(a)-(d)(e) (ii) (4)(a) & (6), 26(1)(a)-(d)(e)(i)(4)(a) & (6), 25(1)(a)-(d)(e)(i) & (4)(b), 25(1)(a)-(d)(e) (ii) & (4)(b), 26(1)(a)-(d)(e)(i) & (4)(b), 26(1)(a)-(d)(e)(ii) & (4)(b), 26(1)(a)-(d)(e)(ii) & (5), 47(1)(a)(b)(c)(i) & (4)(b), 47(1)(a)(b)(c)(ii) & (4)(b), 47(1)(a)(b)(c)(ii)(3) & (6), 47(1)(a)(b)(c)(i)(4)(a) & (6), 47(1)(a)(b)(c)(i) & (5)148(1)(a)(b)(i) & (2), 48(1)(a)(b)(ii) & (2), 50(1a)(b)(i) & (2), 50(1a) (b)(ii) & (2), 71

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit

Our ref: PQ 253853 (Table)