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Offences under Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978?

Question

1a. For your Police Force Area, for 2013, 2014 and 2015, how many allegations were investigated by the force in respect to offences under Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978?

1b. Of the allegations, how many resulted in an arrest being made?

1c. Of the arrests made, how many people were formally charged (with 1 or more offences under this Act)? Please provide figures for each year separately.

b) Section 68 - Child sexual exploitation

c) Section 69 - Possession of paedophile manual

2) For your Police Force Area, how many allegations were investigated by the force in respect to the following sections of the Serious Crime Act 2015, since the Act was introduced?

a) Section 67 - Sexual communication with a child

Answer

1a) We use the Home Office counting rules’ for classification of crimes and the table below provides the number of reported incidents for each of the relevant offences for this question. Please note we have provided specifically what you have requested, and there is a further offence of ‘Possession of an indecent or pseudo-photograph of a child’ which is not included as this falls under the Criminal Justice act.

 

 

No. of reported incidents

2013

086/02

Take or to make indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs, of children

103

2014

086/02

Take or to make indecent photographs or pseudo- photographs, of children

117

2015

086/02

Distribute an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child (recordable)

19

2015

086/02

Make indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child (recordable)

14

2015

086/02

Possess to show/distribute - indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child (recordable)

1

2015

086/02

Take or to make indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs, of children

103

 

Total:

 

357

 

The table below provides the information requested in question 1b & 1c.

 

2013

2014

2015

Arrests

65

71

47

Charges

45

36

9

Postal Requisitions

0

2

1

This also includes cases where an individual was given a postal requisition to go to court. This is similar to a court summons and provides the same outcome as when an individual is charged in that they will be prosecuted at court.

It may be helpful to explain that the number of charges decreased in 2015 as these involved the seizing and analysis of computers which is still ongoing. Once this has been completed the number of charges may increase. 

2) We use the Home Office counting rules’ for classification of crimes and the table below provides the number of reported incidents for each of the relevant offences for this question.

 

 

 

 

No. of reported incidents

2013

071/01

Arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence

1

2013

071/06

Paying for the sexual services of a child - Female child under 18

2

2013

071/08

Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography - Child 13 - 17

11

2014

071/01

Arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence

1

2014

071/06

Paying for the sexual services of a child - Female child under 18

1

2014

071/08

Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography - Child 13 - 17

3

2014

071/11

Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography - Child under 13

1

2014

071/13

Arranging or facilitating child prostitution or pornography - Child under 13

2

2015

071/01

Arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence

2

2015

071/06

Paying for the sexual services of a child - Female child under 18

3

2015

071/08

Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography - Child 13 - 17

2

2015

071/08

Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography - Child 13 – 17

2

2015

071/10

Arrange / facilitate the sexual exploitation of a child aged 13 - 17 years (recordable)

1

2015

071/10

to Arranging or facilitating child prostitution or pornography - Child 13 - 17

1

2015

071/11

Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography - Child under 13

1

2015

071/14

Paying for the sexual services of a child - Female child under 16

1

 

Sum:

 

35

In addition, Avon and Somerset Constabulary can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by or concerning certain Security Bodies.

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

FOI Ref: 789/16

Date of Request: 06.06.16