Wiltshire sees a drop in reported child sexual offences

Wiltshire sees a drop in reported child sexual offences

Published by Spire FM News with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Julia Corbett at 5:53am 22nd July 2019. (Updated at 8:19am 22nd July 2019)

Despite the reduction in numbers, there is still more than one offence reported every day to Wiltshire Police.

Figures show that in 2015/16 556 child sexual offences were reported, which by 2018/19 had fallen to 495.

Wiltshire is the only police force in the South West that has seen a fall in numbers.

They've put this down to their Stop It Now! campaign to end child sexual exploitation - and the work they do to prevent offences before they happen.

It's the online threat that's still proving a big problem.

In Wiltshire, 54 offences have been reported in the last year connected to cyber incidents and sparked the NSPCC to call on the next Prime Minister to prioritise online safety.

The force set up the Digital Investigations and Intelligence Unit (DIIU) in September 2018 which gives advice to schools on how to keep pupils safe online.

There are also calls to introduce an independent regulator to protect children from the risks of abuse and harmful content.

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