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Children are being reported and arrested for ‘sexting’ offences, including consensually sharing nude pictures on their phones and social media. This has attracted concern that children should not be unnecessarily prosecuted for ‘sexting’ offences.
New CPS guidance suggests ‘sexting’ between children or sharing of ‘youth produced sexual imagery’ should not be routinely prosecuted.
Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
NICE have issued advice for professionals including health care providers, youth offending teams, community police officers and schools.
Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people, UK Council for Child Internet Safety
Non-statutory guidance on managing incidents of sexting by children. The guidance states that the response should be guided by the principle of proportionality and the primary concern at all times should be the welfare and protection of the children involved.
Now I know it was wrong – Parliamentary inquiry into support and sanctions for children who display harmful sexual behaviour, Barnardo’s
The report of the parliamentary inquiry investigating children who display harmful sexual behaviour says that children should be treated as children first and should not be unnecessarily criminalised.
R v Marcus Petrie  EWCA Crim 2912
Successful appeal against sentence and Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed on a 19 year old who had pleaded guilty to causing a 13 year old child to engage in sexual activity and sexual activity with a child. The sentence was reduced on the grounds that the starting point for the original sentence had been too high because the appellant’s social immaturity affected his culpability and there were concerns about his vulnerability.
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