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Statistics on the total number of reports received by the OCR by type, sex, month and year, 2007 to 2015

The Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) was established as a provision of the Child Care and Protection Act 2004 (CCPA) on January 1, 2007. Operating under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI), the OCR is a central repository used to receive, record, assess and refer reports that are made by persons who know or suspect that a child is being or is at risk of being abused, neglected or otherwise in need of care and protection. The information from these reports forms the basis of the statistics that are presented by the OCR.


A total of 70,479 reports were made to the OCR during the period 2007 – 2015.


Preliminary data for 2015 and other statistical releases may also be found in the Statistical Bulletins in the DOWNLOADS section of this site.


Statistics on the number of reports represent children who were alleged victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, trafficking or child labour. They also include children who were reported to exhibit behavioural problems or who were otherwise in need of care and protection.


Unless otherwise stated, figures shown below reflect original reports made about a particular child and do not include subsequent reports made to the OCR regarding the same, or any other incident of abuse pertaining to the same child.


Reports of incidents that are received by the OCR are regarded as allegations; investigations by the relevant agencies may either confirm an incident as reported or indicate otherwise


Where presented, “n/a” means not applicable


Where presented, N = Total count


A feature of many of the reports received by the OCR is the occurrence of two or more forms of abuse against children. Thus, the figures shown (if disaggregated by the type of abuse) reflect the incidence of each category and may not add to the total number of reports or the total number of children of whom reports were made.


Statistics shown are not final and hence, are subject to change





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