Number of child abuse offences in England and Wales 2002-2023

Number of cruelty to children/young persons offences recorded in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2022/23

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Release date

July 2023


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2023

Supplementary notes

* Up until April 1, 2012, the offence type 'cruelty to children/young persons' was divided into the following separate 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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