Date Responded 01 July 2021

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:

Please can you tell me how many sexual offences have been reported between 1 January 2016 and the present day (21st June 2021) where the location recorded was a school and both the perpetrator and victim were under 18.

Please list the type of sexual offence, the year it took place, the outcome (e.g. charged, named suspect and victim supports action but evidential difficulties) and the age of both the victim and the perpetrator.

In Response:

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows with the caveats below noted.

• 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.

• The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

• Data has been taken from the central database Crime and Victim tables, where the crime is a sexual offence and the victim is under 18. These were then further reviewed to provide school cases and to provide suspect information.

• The numbers in the final return reflect those wherein a crime has been reported with at least one person under 18 listed as a victim, and at least one person under 18 has been listed as a suspect.

• It should be noted that some of the school type locations may also relate to a college.

• The information has been presented in such a manner to avoid the application of exemptions relevant under the act and will not be broken down any further.

• One crime may have multiple suspected offenders.

• The above constitutes cases wherein at least one listed suspect was under the age of 18.

• Any suspect aged 18 or over has been discounted from this return.

With all the above noted I respond as follows.

 

Sexual Offences in School

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Offences

49

43

41

67

52

30

             

Offence

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Causing sexual activity without consent

0

0

0

1

4

0

Exposure and Voyeurism

1

1

0

1

1

1

Rape of a child – Under 13, Under 16 and 16 or over

8

3

1

3

2

2

Sexual activity involving a child under 13

7

7

7

16

16

12

Sexual activity involving child under 16

3

4

9

3

3

2

Sexual assault on a female child under 13, 13 and over

25

22

19

34

23

11

Sexual assault on a male child under 13, 13 and over

5

6

5

9

3

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outcome

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Caution youth

1

2

2

0

0

0

Charge/Summons

1

1

0

0

0

0

Community resolution

0

0

1

0

0

0

Evidential difficulties

16

7

14

21

22

7

Investigation complete - no suspect identified

0

0

0

0

0

1

Investigation not in public interest

2

0

2

6

2

1

Not in public interest (CPS)

0

0

1

0

0

0

Not in public interest (police)

3

2

6

1

5

4

Not stated

0

0

0

1

0

8

Other agency action

0

1

0

2

1

1

Outcome 22

0

0

0

2

0

0

Suspect under 10 years old

12

8

6

10

4

0

Victim does not support police action

14

22

9

23

18

8

YOT triage

0

0

0

1

0

0

             

Victim Age

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

0 - 10

16

13

10

13

5

7

11 - 15

32

27

30

52

43

23

16 - 17

1

3

1

2

4

0

             

Suspect Age

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

0 - 10

17

13

10

15

6

7

11 - 15

31

29

31

55

48

23

16 - 17

2

3

2

6

3

1

 

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.

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