Invisible Victims: Recorded Crime and Children in the UK

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    Abstract

    While violence against children is a common occurrence only a minority of incidents come to the attention of the authorities. Low reporting rates notwithstanding, official data such as child protection referrals and recorded crime statistics provide valuable information on the numbers of children experiencing harm which come to the attention of professionals in any given year. In the UK, there has been a strong tendency to focus on child protection statistics while children as victims of crime remain largely invisible in annual crime reports and associated compendia. This is despite the implementation of a raft of policies aimed at improving the system response to victims and witnesses of crime across the UK. This paper demonstrates the utility of a more detailed analysis of crime statistics in providing information on the patterns of crime against children and examining case outcomes. Based on data made available by the Police Service for Northern Ireland, it highlights how violent crime differentially impacts on older children and how detection rates vary depending on case characteristics. It makes an argument for developing recorded crime practice to make child victims of crime more visible and to facilitate assessment of the effectiveness of current initiatives and policy developments. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)200-213
    Number of pages14
    JournalChild Abuse Review
    Volume23
    Issue number3
    Early online date25 Feb 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014

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  • Impacts

    Influencing Policy on Young Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings

    David Hayes (Participant), Lisa Bunting (Participant), Trevor Spratt (Participant), Anne Lazenbatt (Participant), Nicola Carr (Participant) & Joe Duffy (Participant)

    Impact: Public Policy Impact, Societial Impact

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