Variations in identification and response

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The number of child sexual abuse offences recorded per 1,000 children ranged from three to 13 across police forces in England and Wales.

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Outcomes of criminal justice investigations vary, with proportions of investigations varying in charge from 5% to 20% in different police areas.

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Some local authority assessments in England identified no children at risk of CSA, whilst others identified up to 115 for every 10,000 children. 

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Some local authorities in England and Wales placed no children on a protection plan because of sexual abuse, whilst others place 13 for every 10,000.

References: Department for Education: Characteristics of children in need: 2019 to 2020. Home Office Police Recorded Crime and Outcomes, year ending March 2020, updated 28 October 2020.

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