Sexual Offences In Schools - 750/21

Date Responded 14 June 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:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please provide me with the following information about sexual offences in schools. For reference, I include the list of sexual offence classifications listed in this government document (see also list below*). Please explain any gaps in your data.

1. How many sexual offences were recorded by the police force as having taken place on school premises during the last five years, from 2016-17 to 2020-21? (Please provide the aggregate total over five years for all sexual offences.)

a. Please provide a breakdown of the aggregate number of sexual offences recorded for each of the following years:
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
2019-20
2020-21

2. How many arrests for sexual offences were recorded by the police force as having taken place on school premises during the last five school (academic) years, from 2016-17 to 2020-21? (Please provide the aggregate total over five years for all sexual offences.)

a. Please provide a breakdown of the aggregate number of arrests recorded for each of the following years:
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
2019-20
2020-21

*List of sexual offences
17A Sexual assault on a male aged 13 and over
17B Sexual assault on a male child under
19C Rape of a female aged 16 and over
19D Rape of a female child under 16
19E Rape of a female child under 13
19F Rape of a male aged 16 and over
19G Rape of a male child under 16
19H Rape of a male child under 13
19J Rape of a Female – Multiple Undefined Offenders Sexual offences
19K Rape of a Male - Multiple Undefined Offenders
20A Sexual assault on a female aged 13 and over
20B Sexual assault on a female child under 13
21 Sexual activity involving a child under 13
22A Causing sexual activity without consent
22B Sexual activity involving child under 16
70 Sexual activity etc. with a person with a mental disorder
71 Abuse of children through Sexual Exploitation
73 Abuse of position of trust of a sexual nature
88A Sexual grooming
88C Other miscellaneous sexual offences
88D Unnatural sexual offences
88E Exposure and voyeurism

 

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.

The caveats below should be noted when reviewing the data:

• It should be noted that some of these offences may have happened when the schools were closed and may not have involved anyone at the school.

• Some of the locations we have listed as schools may also relate to colleges.

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

Crimes

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Abuse of position of trust of a sexual nature

2

2

0

0

1

Causing sexual activity without consent

0

1

0

5

0

Exposure and Voyeurism

4

3

2

2

1

Rape of a female irrespective of age

3

5

5

3

4

Rape of a male irrespective of age

8

4

2

2

0

Sexual activity involving a child under 13

7

13

11

23

18

Sexual activity involving child under 16

11

10

12

8

2

Sexual assault on a female aged 13 or over

26

19

14

36

18

Sexual assault on a female child under 13

18

7

15

10

3

Sexual assault on a male aged 13 and over

11

6

2

10

3

Sexual assault on a male child under 13

12

6

3

7

12

Sexual grooming

1

4

0

0

1

Total

103

80

66

106

63

           

Arrests

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Exposure and Voyeurism

1

0

0

0

0

Rape of a female child under 16

1

0

0

0

0

Rape of a male child under 16

1

0

0

0

0

Sexual activity involving child under 16

0

2

0

0

0

Sexual assault on a female aged 13 or over

1

0

1

2

1

Sexual grooming

0

1

0

0

0

Total

4

3

1

2

1

 

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.

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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