More than 60,000 cases of non-recent sexual abuse against children have been recorded by police forces across the UK over the last 4 years.
Figures show that recorded offences involving non-recent sexual abuse – where the offence is alleged to have occurred more than a year before it was reported to police – have increased year on year, from 10,493 in 2013/14 to 20,410 in 2016/17.
We believe this steep rise may, in part, be down to high-profile abuse cases as well as the football abuse scandal, which began a year ago this week. A dedicated NSPCC helpline was set up in response, and received more than 2,500 calls.
The statistics came from police forces in England and Wales, as well as the British Transport Police and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
The overall number of recorded offences will be higher, as 6 UK police forces did not provide full figures for all 4 years.