Criminal Justice system response to child sexual abuse
Police recording in recent years has levelled off.
Despite a significant increase in the number of people reporting abuse, fewer offenders are being prosecuted and convicted.
1 in 8 police investigations ended in an out-of-court resolution in the last year.
References: Crown Prosecution Service Quarterly Data Release, Quarter 4 (Annual) 2019/2020. Home Office Police Recorded Crime and Outcomes, year ending March 2020, updated 28 October 2020.
More children experience abuse than services are currently aware of
Children's services response to child sexual abuse data