Surrey is the most densely populated county in South East England, having increased in population by 8.8% since 2001 to 1.2 million. 9.6% of the reported population is from black and ethnic minority communities, varying from 16.4% in Woking borough to 4% in Waverley.
Surrey is known as an affluent county, but there are tight pockets of deprivation, enclosed within housing estates or even within a few streets.
Recorded levels of sexual offences and domestic abuse are rising and the Complex Abuse Unit have live Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) investigations underway. Surrey has a number of children’s homes and CSE is a risk.