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Offences Against Children

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 13 May 2009, Official Report, column 833W, on offences against children, what proportion of offenders aged 21 years or over convicted of offences related to sexual activity with a child under 13 received (a) immediate custody, (b) a suspended sentence, (c) a community sentence, (d) a fine, (e) a conditional or absolute discharge and (f) other treatment in 2008. (317142)

The requested information is shown in the following table.

The proportion of those given various disposals is shown as a percentage of those sentenced. Data held by the Ministry of Justice record the age of the offender at the time of sentencing, the figures show all offenders aged over 21 and over at that point.

Percentage1 of offenders sentenced to disposals for sexual activity with a child under 13, 2008

% Discharged

% Fined

% given community sentence

% given Suspended sentence

% given immediate custody

% Otherwise dealt with

Total persons sentenced

2008

Familial sexual offences with a child under 13

0.0

0.0

21.7

4.3

73.9

0.0

23

Rape or attempted rape of a child under 13

0.9

0.0

3.6

0.0

93.8

1.8

112

Abuse of a position of trust - sexual activity with a child under 13

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

100.0

0.0

2

Sexual activity with a child under 13

1.6

0.0

17.1

10.1

68.2

3.1

129

Child prostitution offences - child under 13

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

100.0

0.0

2

Sexual assault of a female child under 13

0.7

0.3

10.7

8.0

78.2

2.1

289

Sexual assault of a male child under 13

0.0

0.0

22.7

6.8

65.9

4.5

44

All above

0.8

0.2

12.0

6.7

78.0

2.3

601

1 Due to rounding rows may not sum to exactly 100 per cent.

Notes:

1. These data are based on the principal offence. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed; where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

2. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system

Source:

OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice