Childline counselling sessions about sexual abuse in the family triple during lockdown
New figures obtained by us reveal that police recorded more than 200 child sex offences, on average, every day last year1.
Where gender and age were recorded:
- girls were 4 times as likely to be victims
- there were more than 8,000 offences committed against 14-year-olds, making it the most common age group to report offences
- there were 12,374 sex crimes recorded against children under 10
- 449 offences were recorded against babies yet to reach their first birthday.
The strategy was announced by then Home Secretary Sajid Javid at our ‘How Safe are our Children’ conference in June last year. In May the Home Office said it “will shortly publish the first of its kind cross-government Child Sexual Abuse Strategy to improve the UK’s response to tackling this abhorrent crime”. The strategy has yet to be published.