Understanding the extent and nature of child abuse

Child abuse is an appalling crime against some of the most vulnerable in society. It’s something that’s not often discussed or well understood, and there has been a lack of complete statistics. The Office for National Statistics has been working to produce the most comprehensive picture possible by incorporating questions into the Crime Survey for England and Wales and analysing this alongside other sources of data, which can only tell a partial story. Here Meghan Elkin explains how bringing data sources together helps us better understand both the nature of child abuse and the potential demand on support services.

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Informing the election: 2019

The ONS doesn’t just produce the UK’s most important numbers. Making sense of data is central to our mission too. Miles Fletcher looks back at how impartial ONS expertise again helped the UK’s major news broadcasters to find and interpret statistics in the 2019 General Election.  

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No half measures: using tax data to monitor jobs and pay better

Access to new sources of data is helping the ONS to produce quicker and more detailed economic indicators. Now, working with HM Revenue and Customs, we have for the first time jointly published estimates of employees and earnings based on monthly real-time tax information. David Freeman explains what these new data give us and how they fit into the ongoing transformation of UK economics statistics.

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