Statistical data related to convictions of various offences against children: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for:

  • Number of convictions for “taking, distribution, and possession etc. of indecent photos of children” each year over the past five years; the average length of sentence/punishment for this offence;

  • Number of convictions for “communicating indecently with a child” – under section 24 of the Sexual Offences Act 2009, children aged under 13 years old and under section 34, children aged 13 to 15 years old; the average length of sentence/punishment for this offence;


The answer to your request is provided in the attached excel tables.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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