In 2018 the Children’s Commissioner’s Office in England highlighted the need for better data on the numbers of children living in households where adult domestic abuse, mental ill-health or substance misuse may be present. Sophie Sanders explains how the Office for National Statistics has developed its first analysis to help better understand how the presence of these issues could impact on childhood vulnerability.Read more on How the ONS crime figures help us to better understand the risks to children
Early data from police forces suggest crimes recorded in England and Wales have fallen since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. For a wider overall picture of crime most users tend to look to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. But the suspension of face-to-face interviewing has forced the ONS to modify this large household survey. In this post Billy Gazard explains what’s changed and what you need to be aware of in interpreting our next set of crime statistics.Read more on What’s happened to crime during the pandemic? How ONS has responded to the measurement challenge
Understanding critical issues affecting our society lies at the heart of what ONS does and we continually consult with the people who use our data. The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) figures incorporate an important change that improves how repeat incidents of violence are included in the survey estimates. Meghan Elkin sets out the reasons for the change and why the new statistics do not mean more people have suffered violence.Read more on Continuing improvements to crime statistics – repeat victimisation
Earlier this week Iain Bell blogged about our new approach for crime statistics. Now these figures have been released he explains what this means for the main messages we presented about crime.Read more on Crime – revealing the big picture
ONS has been working on a “step change” in its presentation of the crime statistics for England and Wales. As Iain Bell explains, the new approach emphasises clear explanation of the latest trends using the best possible source of information on each type of crime.Read more on Crime statistics – what’s next?