Consultation on the Redesign of the Crime Survey for England and Wales

Closed 21 Aug 2022

Opened 26 May 2022


The ONS is seeking views on the planned redesign of the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). Our aim is to ensure that the Crime Survey continues to reflect the evolving needs of policy makers, citizens and data users. The CSEW is a vital source of evidence in the crime debate, and it is critical that the survey continues to provide high quality statistics on crime in a cost-effective way. 

We are encouraging responses from everyone interested in crime statistics, including from government, policing bodies, victim groups, voluntary and charities, civil society organisations and academia.  

The consultation is split into two sections – a methodological redesign and questionnaire changes.  

About the proposed methodological redesign 

This section covers proposed methodological changes to the survey. It includes: 

  • moving to a new panel design where respondents will be interviewed annually for up to three years 

  • moving to a multi-modal survey. Following the initial interview in people’s homes, second and subsequent interviews will be carried out over the phone or online 

  • sample design considerations 

  • proposed changes which may affect the main estimates of crime 

  • proposed changes affecting measures of domestic abuse, sexual assault and abuse during childhood 

  • changes to the 10 to 15 year olds children’s survey 

About proposed questionnaire changes  

This allows users to comment on the content of the current survey while also providing the opportunity to propose changes to the content. With the introduction of a longitudinal panel design we are looking to seek feedback on potential new ways to analysis the data. 

Find out more at our event 

We are also hosting an engagement webinar to discuss the consultation and answer any questions you may have. The event will take place on Microsoft Teams at 10am to 11.30am on 15 June 2022. 

Please register to attend


  • Anyone from any background


  • Business
  • Crime
  • Economy
  • Health
  • Labour market
  • Migration
  • Population
  • Statistics
  • Data
  • Formal consultations