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Offences Against Children

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 18 were the victims of sexual crimes in each of the last three years. (253854)

The information requested is not available centrally.

The British crime survey (BCS) collects information on sexual offences experienced by adults aged 16 years and over, resident in England and Wales. However, due to the small number of sexual offences identified by the BCS it is not possible to provide robust estimates for children of 16 and 17 years of age.

Police recorded crime figures held by the Home Office are based on aggregate returns from police forces of the number of notifiable offences reported to and recorded by the police. These returns do not contain information on the characteristics of victims or their families.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many SCD5 child abuse investigation trained officers are stationed in (a) each London borough and (b) each police authority area outside London; and if she will make a statement. (254814)