Worrying developments as peer on peer abuse cases double in the two years to 2019

Figures received by BBC Panorama show in September of this year demonstrate an alarming rise in the number of children abusing other children.

Following up on earlier research carried out by BBC Panorama in 2017 (which found that Police recorded almost 8,000 reports of abuse of children by other children in England and Wales) the most recent figures have seen those figure soar to 15,000 to 16,000, with number falling in 2020-2021 to 10,861 (which is thought to be largely attributed to the pandemic and the lack of opportunity for such abuse to be carried out with many children not being at school and movement generally restricted).

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