Variations in identification and response
The number of child sexual abuse offences recorded per 1,000 children ranged from three to 13 across police forces in England and Wales.
Outcomes of criminal justice investigations vary, with proportions of investigations varying in charge from 5% to 20% in different police areas.
Some local authority assessments in England identified no children at risk of CSA, whilst others identified up to 115 for every 10,000 children.
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.
Children's services response to child sexual abuse data
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