The number of reports of child sex abuse has been rising, with a record number of allegations made by men and boys across the UK this year.
In the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 7,918 reports of abuse by a person or partner in 2014-15, up by 10 per cent from the previous year.
That represents a 4.7 per cent rise on the year before.
But while the number of incidents of child abuse has risen, the number reporting child sexual abuse has also risen, according to the latest figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The ONS said it is important to remember that not all abuse is reported.
In 2014-2015, 3,922 reports of sexual abuse by adults were made by women and children, a drop of 2 per cent compared to the previous two years.
This was followed by a 2.8 per cent increase for men and a 1.6 per cent drop for women and boys.
There were also a number of other changes to the data.
In total, 1,932 people made a complaint to the police for sexual offences committed against them.
However, the NCA says there are still some areas of concern, particularly regarding the use of confidential reporting information by the police.
For example, the government is not able to keep complete records of all sexual offences made by adults.
And a separate report, released last week, found that child abuse by an intimate partner or family member is increasing.
In its annual report, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Advisory Service said there were still significant numbers of child victims in care who are not being reported to authorities.
The National Child Abduction Advisory Service is the UK’s leading child abduction organisation, working to prevent child abduction and exploitation.
More:The National Crime Authority (NCAA) said it had launched an investigation into the abuse of children in care.
It said it was looking into allegations that a number people had abused children.
It added that it was encouraging parents to speak to their children and report any inappropriate behaviour, including inappropriate grooming, to child protection services.