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Offences against Children: Sentencing

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 266750, tabled on 19 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders sentenced for child sexual offences were given (a) a non-custodial sentence and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than 12 months, (ii) one to five years and (iii) more than five years in (A) 2017 and (B) 2018.

Answered on

26 June 2019

Sentencing outcomes in 2017 and 2018 for child sexual offences are published and available from our Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code data tool:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/804510/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2018.xlsx.

To filter by child sexual abuse offences (CSA), select all the offences from the ‘Offence code’ or ‘Detailed offence’ filter listed in Table 1.

  • To select the number of offenders sentenced for child sexual abuse (CSA) given (a) a non-custodial sentence, for each year subtract ‘Immediate custody’ (row 41) from ‘Sentenced’ (row 33) and ‘immediate custody’.

To select the number of offenders sentenced for CSA given (b) a custodial sentence for (i) less than 12 months, combine the following custody rows (rows 42-48):

  • Custody - Up to and including 1 month
  • Custody - Over 1 month and up to and including 2 months
  • Custody - Over 2 months and up to and including 3 months
  • Custody - Over 3 months and less than 6 months
  • Custody - 6 months
  • Custody - Over 6 months and up to and including 9 months
  • Custody - Over 9 months and less than 12 months

For (ii) one to five years, combine the following custody rows (rows 49-55):

  • Custody - 12 months
  • Custody - Over 12 months and up to and including 18 months
  • Custody - Over 18 months and up to and including 2 years
  • Custody - Over 2 years and up to and including 3 years
  • Custody - Over 3 years and less than 4 years
  • Custody - 4 years
  • Custody - Over 4 years and up to and including 5 years

For (iii) more than five years, combine the following custody rows (rows 56-60):

  • Custody - Over 5 years and up to and including 7 years
  • Custody - Over 7 years and up to and including 10 years
  • Custody - Over 10 years and less than life
  • Custody - Indeterminate sentence
  • Custody - Life