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Number of child abuse offences in England and Wales 2002-2020

In 2019/20, there were over 22.2 thousand child abuse offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, an increase of 2.9 thousand offences when compared with the previous reporting year, and a peak for this type of offence.

Number of cruelty to children/young persons offences recored in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2019/20

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Source

Release date

October 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

* Up until April 1, 2012, the offence type 'cruelty to children/young persons' was divided into the following seperate offences:
- Cruelty to and neglect of children
- Abandoning a child under the age of two years
The figures shown here from 2002/2003 to 2011/2012 are a sum of these two offences, after which they were officially combined and reclassified as 'cruelty to children/young persons'.

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