The following information has been taken from the NSPCC website.

Official statistics, published annually, show the amount of child sexual abuse recorded by authorities in the year. The problem is much bigger than shown in official statistics, as most crimes are not disclosed and/or reported. Most sexual abuse isn’t reported, detected or prosecuted. Most children don’t tell anyone that they’re being sexually abused. It’s a crime that is usually only witnessed by the abuser and the victim.

1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused.

Source: Radford,L.et al (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today

Over 90% of sexually abused children were abused by someone they knew.

Over £3,000 children were identified as needing protection from sexual abuse in 2014.

Source: Child protection register and statistics for all UK nations for 2014.

13% of contacts to the NSPCC’s helpline last year were concerns about sexual abuse.

Source: Bentley, H. et al (2016) How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK 2016

The NSPCC helpline responded to nearly 7,000 contacts about sexual abuse last year.

Source: Bentley, H. et al (2016) How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK 2016

There were over 10,000 counselling sessions with children and young people who talked to Childline in 2015/16 about sexual abuse.

Source: Bentley, H. et al (2016) How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK 2016

Disabled children are over 3 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children.

Source: Jones, L. et al (2012) Prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities

Over 47,000 sexual offences against children were recorded in the UK last year.

Source: Bentley, H. et al (2016) How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK 2016

Nearly 30,000 registered offenders have been convicted of offences against children.

Source: HCDeb 13 Dec 2012, vol 555, col 439W