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Child Sex Offences - 1160/20

Date Responded 26 August 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

For each of the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 I would like data on the number of child sex offence crimes your force has recorded in which the alleged perpetrator is female.

Each data return should include the calendar year the offence took place, the gender of the victim, the age of the victim, the offence classification and indicate if the suspect was charged.

For guidance I would only like data on crimes which were not subsequently cancelled.

In terms of the offence classification which should be included I would like all child sex offences covered by the CPS’s ‘most commonly charged offences’ guide
https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/rape-and-sexual-offences-chapter-2-sexual-offences-act-2003-principal-offences-and
Including:

*Rape of a child
*Sexual assault of a child
*Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
*Sexual activity with a child
*Incest or familial sexual offences
*Causing a child to watch a sexual act
*Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child
*Meeting a child following sexual grooming
*Arranging and facilitating a child sex offence
*Possession of indecent images of children
*Abuse of a position of trust (including victims aged 16 and 17)
*Abuse of children through prostitution or pornography
*Child sex offence committed by children or young persons

If your force records has recorded child sex offences not included in this list please include them and indicate it in the response.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

Please note the following with regards to the data supplied below.
• Any offences wherein there have been at least one female offender have been included above.
• This does necessitate that offences wherein there have been both male and female offenders have been included.
• The count of offences, both overall and specific, have been based purely on a count of crimes.
• The count of charges has been based on the prime disposal for each case.
• The count of gender and age have been based on personal details; there may be multiple victims per offence, and in some cases (eg possession of indecent images or historical offences) a victim age may not be recorded or may not be recorded accurately.
• Note that the age wherein possession of an indecent image becomes illegal is 18, rather than 16.
• It should also be noted that the specific offence behind indecent images of children is: "Take, permit to be taken or to make distribute or publish indecent photographs or pseudo - photographs of children"
• There were a number of cases wherein the victim had been shown an image and reported it, rather than the image being of the victim. As such, the victim for this crime may be above the age of 16 or even 18.

Bearing the above in mind I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

 

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Overall

Overall Offences

95

202

297

353

363

185

1495

               

Specific Offences

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Overall

Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography

0

0

0

0

3

1

4

Abuse of position of trust of a sexual nature

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

Incest or familial sexual offences

0

1

2

2

0

0

5

Rape of child under 16

3

5

4

7

6

4

29

Sexual activity involving child under 16

27

58

80

78

91

44

378

Sexual assault on a child under 13

20

28

45

58

39

8

198

Sexual grooming

2

3

2

2

0

4

13

Obscene publications etc

43

107

163

205

224

124

866

               

Charges

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Overall

Charge/Summons

12

9

8

5

5

0

39

               

Gender

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Overall

F

36

67

103

123

125

53

507

M

19

45

92

113

76

40

385

U

0

0

0

1

4

0

5

               

Age

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Overall

0-5

21

23

30

38

28

10

150

6-10

10

25

42

42

34

8

161

11-15

24

54

107

136

118

64

503

16-20

0

3

10

9

15

10

47

21+

0

7

6

12

10

1

36

Unknown

0

6

5

10

9

1

31

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