Offences against Children: Organised Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of victims of child sexual exploitation by organised groups in each of the last five years.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

We are working to build the national picture of the nature and scale of child sexual exploitation by organised groups. Child sexual abuse and exploitation are under-reported crimes, which means it is challenging to develop accurate assessment of the number of victims. However, best estimations in-dicate that approximately 5-15% of children have experienced child sexual abuse in their lifetime.

We have introduced new requirements for the police to record information re-lating to these offences which, along with the establishment of a new na-tional Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, will help us to build a more informed picture of the scale of these crimes and the best ways to tackle and prevent them in the future.

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