More children experience abuse than services are currently aware of


Graphic showing the level of abuse we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg. Long description follows.

Iceberg graphic showing at the tip of the iceberg: 2,600 children on a child protection plan in England, under the primary category of sexual abuse. 30,460 children assessed at risk of sexual abuse in England. 87,992 identifiable child sexual abuse offences recorded by the police in England and Wales. Below the water, the main body of the iceberg shows 500,000 children estimated to have experienced some form of sexual abuse in 2019.

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. Calculated using single-year prevalence estimates by age group (Radford et al, 2011, Childhood abuse and neglect in the UK today) and the Office for National Statistics 2019 population estimates.

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